Christmas is an exciting time of year but can be quite stressful for our pets. Here are some top tips to keep your pets stress free this festive period!
- Place fairy lights and tree ornaments out of reach, and turn lights off when leaving your pet unattended. They can be tempting for pets to play with and chew.
- Antifreeze is incredibly toxic to pets, but unfortunately is very tasty. Be careful not to spill any (as little as a teaspoon can be toxic to cats), and store the bottle well out of reach.
- Make sure you have enough of your pet’s prescription medication or food to last you over the festive period.
- Christmas is often a busy time, with lots of visitors, children, family and friends. This can be daunting for nervous pets, so provide them with a safe place they can retreat to if it all becomes a bit much, with a comfy bed and toys.
- Ensure your pet is microchipped – it’s all too easy for doors to accidentally be left open, or pets to bolt if spooked by fireworks or unusual noises. Ask visitors to remember to close any doors, gates, and windows.
- Try and maintain your pet’s normal routine, especially meal times and exercise, to minimise upheaval.
- Many Christmas goodies, including chocolate and mince pies as well as certain plants, can be poisonous to pets.
- Don’t leave chocolate or food gifts under the Christmas tree – these can be very tempting to an inquisitive dog.
- Be careful about introducing new foods or treats to your pets over the Christmas period, sometimes these can be quite rich and can result in a tummy upset.
- Take your dog for a nice long festive walk, to tire them out and stop them getting bored or disruptive.
- Check your dog’s paws after a walk, salt or grit from the road can be painful and irritating.
- Make sure outdoor rabbits are kept warm, provide extra bedding for them to snuggle in, and ensure water bottles don’t freeze – use a water bottle jacket or bubble wrap.
We’d like to wish all our clients and patients a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful and stress-free New Year!