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Top 10 Christmas Tips

Posted by Lyndon Basha in News | Article permalink on Dec 18 2012

Some tips to help make Christmas enjoyable and fun for our furry friends.

1. No Chocolate for me Thanks!

Every year the veterinary poisons information service receive over 800 emergency phone calls from vets due to chocolate poising. Even if you are aware chocolate can be poisonous be careful of our four legged friends raiding someones Christmas presents.

2. Keep those doors closed.

Due to the high number of visitors, friends and family you may have around over the holiday period doors can sometimes get left open. If your pet gets lost or locked out then they may experience extremely cold weather and a lonely holiday period.

3. A dog is for life, not just for Christmas.

I’m sure you have heard this one before, but seriously after Christmas there are many dogs and cats abandoned at rescue shelters all around the country! Don’t add to the numbers; remember kittens and puppies don’t make good presents.

4. Bones Beware!

Many pets end up having to visit vets for an emergency operation due to lodged bones. Keep the turkey away from your pets and discard of the bones in a pet proof area.

5. Stressed Pets.

Pets can get stressed too! Remember that having lots of new people around can be a lot to deal with for lots of pets especially if they are sensitive to change. Make sure that they have somewhere to go so they can get some alone time when things are getting too much.

6. Routine.

Your pet doesn’t know that it’s Christmas, try and keep a similar routine for your pets meal times and walks. This could help settle your pet and keep them out of trouble.

7. Poisonous Plants.

Many Christmas plants including Holly, Berries, Mistletoe and Poinsettias can all be poisonous to your pets. Keep them out of their reach!

8. Chew Toys.

Provide your pet with lots of treat stuffed chew toys (such as Kongs) to provide them with lots of mental stimulation throughout the holiday period and stop them chewing on other items.

9. Babies need to rest.

If you do have young kittens and puppies around at Christmas time, remember that they need lots of rest. Like children, they may not settle in busy environments and may require being placed in a quite area to allow them to settle.

10. Respect works both ways.

If you have lots of young children around your pets at Christmas then ensure you set ground rules. We see many owners whose dogs have bitten a child over Christmas and many of these could have been prevented if the child had been supervised and had some ground rules to follow when playing.

Wishing everyone a safe, and stress free Christmas.

The Top 10 Tips has been provided by Chirag Patel PG Cert (CAB), BSc(Hons), DipCABT Clinical Animal Behaviourist and Trainer, our resident qualified behaviourist. See www.domesticatedmanners.co.uk for more information.