Christmas rules

Tis the season to be ... careful what you feed your pet!
Tis the season to be … careful what you feed your pet!

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he December holiday is a joyous time – but it is also stressful. Celebrating Christmas comes with a lot of organising to ensure that everything goes as planned. The last thing you need is an emergency to spoil the cheerful atmosphere. You are probably concerned about making your guests as comfortable as possible, and it’s easy to forget that you will also need to keep a close eye on your pets. Don’t worry, Animaltalk has you covered.

9 tips to keep your pets safe over Christmas

  1. It’s great fun for children to meet new pets, but make sure they are always supervised to prevent accidents.
  2. Keep an eye out for unattended alcoholic drinks and cigarettes – these things are poisonous for your pets and it will be a disaster if they decide to join the party.
  3. Inform all your guests that they should not give your pets treats from the table, as many human foods are dangerous for them.
  4. If you are putting tinsel on your Christmas tree, make sure you hang it out of your pets’ reach, as ingesting it could block their intestines.
  5. Be careful of putting lights on your Christmas tree. Your pets could get tangled up in them – or get shocked by biting through the cord.
  6. If you have overnight guests, remind them to store any medication and other small items that they might have out of your pets’ reach.
  7. Plan on lighting candles for your Christmas celebration? Remember that curious pets can easily knock them over.
  8. Prevent your dogs from foraging in your bins by keeping them tightly closed.
  9. An accident can happen in the blink of an eye – so be sure to keep your vet’s emergency number close by at all times.

 

Foods that are dangerous for your dog

  • Chocolate

    Chocolate is a big no-no!
    Chocolate is a big no-no!
  • Onions
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Garlic
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Avocado
  • Apple cores (the seeds)
  • Caffeine
  • Raw bread dough
  • Xylitol
  • Milk
  • Bones

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