With new gadgets and toys, the delicious aroma of Christmas cooking, high-pitched squeals of delighted children and the heavier footfall in the house from visitors, be sure to take care of your pet(s) this Christmas!
Beautiful to observe, but harmful to your pet’s health
- Cats in particular love to frolic in the Christmas tree. They may also be attracted to the flashing lights, tinsel and hanging baubles. It may be cute to watch them play with their new treasures but in fact it can also be quite dangerous for them.
- If a cat or kitten ingests tinsel or other string decorations, this can cause a blockage in the intestines and may require surgery. ProActive Solutions recommend you ring your vet if an incident like this occurs, but in the event you cannot contact your local pet care provider, watch out for symptoms which may include: decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhoea, listlessness and weight loss.
- A shiny Christmas tree bauble may look like a fun toy, and you may derive great pleasure from watching the antics of your puppy chasing its new sparkly ball across the sitting room, but this in fact can be perilous for your dog.
- If a bauble breaks, there will be shards of plastic or glass.
- The fragments could cause lacerations to the tongue and if swallowed, may tear the intestines, which would then require surgery.
- Consider carefully what treats you hang on the tree.
- Candy canes or chocolate may be edible for humans to consume, they may also attract your pet but are quite harmful if consumed by your pet.
- After unwrapping the gifts, tidy up any paper, plastic, ribbons and bows that could attract the attention of your pet, perhaps enticing them to nibble, chew or swallow, or indeed become entwined as this could cause strangulation
Christmas dinner and cooking times
Don’t let curiosity kill burn the cat
- Cooker-top and ovens
- Beware of cats and kittens letting curiosity getting het better of them. The smell of a delicious cooked turkey and oven-baked ham can prove too much for your little pet. Hot cooker tops and opened hot oven doors look like a safe landing place for a nosy feline. However, they can seriously burn their little paws. Make sure your cat has house manners or leave them outside when the kitchen equipment is in use.
Food, Desserts and other Christmas treats
Pets are animals not humans, so please ensure to feed your pet properly
- Most cooked meats are ok to feed to dogs and cats in small quantities
- Do not feed your dog or cat cooked bones as they are brittle and can break easily, which will damage your pet’s mouth, throat and intestines.
- Certain ingredients, seasonings and strong foods such as pepper or chillies can make your pet quite ill, so do not give your pet any foods which may contain these substances.
Treats and sweets
Are harmful to your pet, and are not a treat for them
The following can cause vomiting, diarrhoea and hyperactivity, as well as muscle twitching, increased urination or excessive panting, lethargy, loss of balance, permanent brain damage, liver failure and death.
- Dairy products
Plants and Flowers
Believe it or not, some species of foliage can be a nuisance to your pet
- Christmas plants, shrubs and flowers such as poinsettias, mistletoe and holly are poisonous to your pets. Do not let them nibble, chew or lick these as death is highly possible.
Love your pet – not just at Christmas … but always!
You can treat them and make their Christmas fun and special too
- Exercise your pet daily and maintaining regularity. This is particularly beneficial if they have exercised before visitors and children arrive for a visit
- Pets need rest and some quiet time too. Bring them to a separate room or one in which they are familiar with company, but do allow them some solitude away from the noise to avoid becoming stressed and anxious.
- Feed your pet its regular diet, however you can provide a treat, such as mixing dry biscuits with some tinned food
- Provide your pet with some quality time, extra walks, games and cuddles
Available for download: Pet Safety at Christmas
Purchase your Pet Insurance now!