A HOME bursting with friends and family, fancy decorations and tasty treats sounds like the perfect Christmas. However, Pets at Home is warning pet owners that a home full of new people, new foods and new presents can be a little overwhelming for our furry friends.
A change in routine, including missed walks, late mornings and different feeding times can all contribute to a restless and anxious pet.
Pet owners are also more likely to feed their pet human foods, which aren’t suitable for animals. Chocolate contains theobromine, which is dangerous and toxic for pets, and although cooked chicken or turkey bones can look appealing for dogs, they can splinter and cause serious digestive issues.
Dr. Maeve Moorcroft, MVB MRCVS, head of pets at Pets at Home said: “We would never want to associate Christmas with a time of stress for anyone, owners or their pets, but it isn’t surprising that lots of loud noise, new people and a change in routine will unnerve our furry friends.
“However, we’ve given our top five tips to ensure pets have as great a Christmas as you. After all, they’re counted as our loved ones too!”
1. Keep cables from Christmas tree lights out of reach or get a cable guard they can’t chew through, because rabbits, cats and dogs will try!
2. Vacuum regularly to reduce the risk of real or fake pine needles being ingested by your pet.
3. Don’t give your pets chocolate, it contains theobromine which is toxic to dogs and other pets – be careful with edible decorations and chocolate gifts under the tree. Raisins are also toxic for dogs – so do not feed pets items such as Christmas cake, mince pies and Christmas pudding.
4. Don’t give your pet turkey or chicken bones – they can splinter and cause serious issues for your pet.
5. Christmas plants may look pretty but poinsettias, mistletoe, holly, amaryllis, ferns and pine sap are poisonous to cats and dogs.
Tips aside, the festive season is a magical time to share with loved ones, and that includes the four-legged members of every family…
We’ve selected our five favourite gifts for pets:
- Make sure you’ve got some festive novelties – such as the Mistletoe Headband, perfect for family photographs. £5
2. Ensure they dine in style during their Christmas dinner with this Plaid Tux Jumper.
3. Everyone should have something to open from Santa, even our furry friends, so why not treat your cat to a Santa hat so they can join in with the festivities too.
4. Don’t forget to treat your tiny treasures, make sure they’ve got something to love, chew and play with. This Christmas Gingerbread Animal Hideaway is a great festive addition to their home.
5. It’s dangerous to feed pets human food such as turkey or chocolate, so make sure they don’t miss out. Get them some tasty after diner treats such as these Biscuit Bone Treats.