‘Tis the season for love, laughter and lots of food but many pet owners aren’t aware of the important precautions needed to keep pets safe during the Christmas festivities.
With the help and advice of Pets at Home’s Head of Pets, Dr. Karlien Heyrman, Pets at Home is sharing its top tips for a purr-fectly safe, happy and healthy Christmas.
FESTIVE FOOD ADVICE
From chocolate to pigs in blankets, some of Britain’s favourite Christmas foods are extremely toxic for our furry friends so it’s important to be aware of the foods which pets must not consume.
Pets at Home advise pet owners to take necessary precautions to avoid food poisoning, including:
Be careful with edible decorations and chocolate gifts under the tree, chocolate contains theobromine which is toxic for dogs, cats and other pets
Raisins and currants are also toxic for dogs and cats, make sure not to feed your pet mince pies, Christmas cake or Christmas pudding
Do not give pets turkey or chicken bones – they can splinter and cause serious problems
Avoid feeding cats and dogs nuts, as some varieties are toxic for pets
Avoid pigs in blankets and turkey skin as they are very salty and fatty making them difficult for pets to digest, often leading to severe stomach upsets or more serious conditions like pancreatitis
Keep up your pets’ regular feeding and exercise routines to minimise stress and upheaval
Dr Karlien Heyrman, Head of Pets at Pets at Home said: “ Many pet owners are unaware that some of our favourite Christmas foods such as chocolate, raisins/currants, nuts and meats can be extremely toxic or dangerous for our furry friends. They don’t have to miss out though as there are plenty of tasty and festive pet friendly treats available for them to enjoy over the holiday season instead.”
Whilst it might be tempting to treat pets with leftover Christmas goodies, it is important to remember that they are not human and some foods can be extremely dangerous for them. To avoid poorly pets, stock up on tasty treats from Pets at Home’s pet-friendly range.
TOP TIPS TO KEEP YOUR PETS SAFE AT CHRISTMAS
- It’s not just food which can prove a problem for pets during the festive season; decorations, a change in routine and new faces can sometimes be overwhelming for pets. Pets at Home shares its top tips to keep pets safe during the festivities, including:
- Keep all decorations, especially fragile ones, out of pets’ reach
- Keep Christmas tree light cables out of reach or use a cable guard
- Vacuum regularly to reduce risk of pine needles being ingested by pets
- Be mindful of Christmas plants – poinsettias, mistletoe, holly, amaryllis, ferns and pine sap is poisonous to pets
- When entertaining, create a safe space for your pet where they can escape the commotion
- Continue to offer your dog plenty of walks and exercise to stop them getting bored or disruptive
- Stick to their usual routine as much as possible to minimise stress at this busy time
- Ensure visitors know to close any doors, windows or gates to stop an accidental escape
For the eleventh year in a row, Pets at Home is running its Santa Paws appeal in partnership with Support Adoption for Pets. Running in all Pets at Home stores until Christmas Eve, customers are invited to donate at least 50p to buy a Christmas dinner for a pet in rescue. Thanks to the generosity of Pets at Home customers, last year over £1.8 million was raised for pets in need.
For more info visit: supportadoptionforpets.co.uk/santapaws