Remember to keep your pets out of harm's way this Christmas — some festive fayre and decorations will seem irresistible to your pets, but many foods and plants can be a danger to our friends.
Keeping Safe Around the Christmas Tree
Make sure your tree is well anchored and that pets can't drink from the stand
Avoid flashing lights which can scare pets, stick to twinkle or glow settings
Cover cables to discourage chewing and prevent electrocution, you can also spray them with bitter spray if needed
Brush up sharp needles regularly to prevent them getting stuck in paws
Don't hang chocolate decorations on the tree, even the top branches
Use robust, shatterproof ornaments and choose decorations that are big enough not to be swallowed
Avoid tinsel and ribbons that look attractive but are dangerous when chewed and swallowed
Foods to avoid giving your pets:
Alcoholic beverages, as always water is best
Onions — probably in stuffing, onion sauce etc but in lots of surprising foods too
Chocolate — particularly dark chocolate, this can be fatal, even in small quantities
Raisins/sultanas/currants and other vine fruits (fresh grapes included — these are hidden lots of places at this time of year and can cause fatal kidney damage
Nuts — praticularly salted or chocolate coated
Other hazards to avoid:
Yew tree berries and foliage
Acorns and Conkers
Holly berries, Ivy berries and foliage
If you are worried about your pet over the Christmas season, please pick up the phone and speak to our emergency vet. Call 835 424 and listen for the emergency number.
Have a safe and happy Christmas!