Christmas Hazards

By: Ellie Bates

Things you can do for a pet safe Christmas!

Our pets are family, so it is only natural that they celebrate the holiday season with us to! Unfortunately Christmas and other winter holidays bring lots of it’s own hazards specific to this time of year. In this blog we are sharing how to safely enjoy Christmas with your fur babies!

Home, Safe, Home

Make a safe, calm, quiet place for your fur babies. Christmas is a busy time of year! We often see a lot more visitors, make changes around the house and have lots of fun! This can sometimes feel overwhelming and stressful for your pets.

Cats especially are very susceptible to stress related illnesses. Keep all your guests informed about your fur babies needs. Let your pets have space when they need it and always provide a quiet, people free area for them.

Equally, while you and the family may be out visiting others, make sure your fur babies routines is not disrupted too much and they are not left home alone for unusually long stretches.

Happy decorating!

The key to safe Christmas decorating with pets is to secure everything and anything! Unfortunately, our pets can see our Christmas decorations as a new play ground! But with sharp, toxic and electrical elements everywhere, preplanning and smart decorating is a must!

Make sure to check all plants being brought into the house for Christmas are not toxic to your fur baby. Fresh flowers and some Christmas plants pose a real risk to our pets, so make sure to check or remove toxic plants from their areas!

Secure things down as much as you can, there are lots of damage free removable hanging hooks and clips which are ideal at keeping decorations high and secure this season. As much as you can, avoid glass and other easily breakable materials in the areas your fur babies spend time.

Secure those snacks!

Christmas is a time for indulgence, but unfortunately a lot of our festive favourites are toxic to our fur babies. From Mince Pies and chocolate to Chicken bones and onions, Christmas is a potentially very dangerous time for our fur babies. Check out the list below for more festive dangers to avoid.

There’s no need to miss out on those Christmas treats, just make sure they are kept completely out of reach of your fur babies (preferably hidden away somewhere high). When having guests over, remember to remind them of the items to avoid sharing with your fur babies, as some non-pet owners may not think twice to sneaking your fur baby the odd snack!

Things to Avoid!

All of the items listed below pose a real threat to our fur babies over the festive season. Some are toxic, poisonous or can cause internal blockages and damage if eaten.

  • Chocolate
  • Christmas Pudding
  • Mince Pies
  • Grapes, sultanas and Raisins
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Bones
  • Onions and Garlic
  • Alcohol
  • Artificial Sweeteners
  • Wrapping and Crate Paper
  • Ivy
  • Christmas Trees
  • Poinsettia
  • Holly
  • Mistletoe

If you are concerned about your fur baby or have any questions please contact us here.