Although it is a joyous time, Christmas also brings potential dangers for our pets.
Most of you are hopefully aware of the various hazards that are around at this time of year, but we would just like to remind everyone.
Many tasty Christmas treats are harmful for our pets. Here is a list of things to avoid:
- Mince pies
- Christmas cake
- Christmas Dinner (including the gravy!)
- Poinsettia, Mistletoe and Holly
- Pot Pourri
- Christmas Decorations (lights, baubles and tinsel)
- Cough sweets (contain a toxic ingredient)
It gets very, very cold in the winter for any animals that live outside. Make sure they are kept warm and dry. If they are in hutches or pens, cover them and clean them out regularly. Give them plenty of bedding to keep warm. Elderly cats should also be kept in at night. Sighthound dogs should have a coat on when they go outside if it is very cold.
Antifreeze is fatal to cats. It has a sweet taste, which unfortunately, encourages them to drink it. Be careful where you store your antifreeze and try not to spill it. It also might be worth mentioning to your neighbours, so they don’t allow any spillages to sit around that your cat might find!
When the temperature is freezing, the roads and paths are usually sprinkled with grit. This is irritating to our pet’s paws, so make sure to wash their feet after a walk.
Fireworks are still let off around Christmas time, right through to the New Year. Please read our previous blog for advice on keeping your pets safe and calm during fireworks.
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!