• Keeping Your Dog Happy and Healthy This Holiday Season

December 02, 2020

According to vets, Christmas is one of the most dangerous times of the year for pets.  One-in-ten pet owners have faced an emergency trip to the vets over the Christmas period, according to new research from pet wellbeing charity PDSA. 

Stress, visiting relatives, and holiday shopping can make it harder to keep an eye on your furry family members. Food-related ailments, road accidents and deadly infections are among the list of hazards that can put a sudden stop to seasonal celebrations for thousands of pets and their owners.

The top 5 reasons dogs visited a vet on Christmas Day in 2019:

  1. Gastritis
  2. Lacerations or bite wounds
  3. Soft tissue trauma
  4. Foreign body ingestion
  5. Chocolate poisoning

Top tips for keeping your dog happy and healthy this Christmas

Stick to a routine

Although Christmas is a busy day, sticking to normal feeding and walking times, for instance, as this will help to keep pets calm and out of mischief

Don’t let pets indulge

However, tempting, don’t let your pets overeat, or give them inappropriate food as treats.

Take care with trees and decorations

Falling trees and ‘decorations as snacks’ are amongst the top pet dangers at Christmas

Keep presents and wrapping out of reach

Cards, wrapping paper and ribbons can all cause real problems if eaten by pets.

Beware of poisonous plants

Unfortunately, many of the plants that appear at Christmas are toxic to pets – including Holly berries, mistletoe and poinsettias.

Turkey bones

Keep your pets out of the kitchen at Christmas. Turkey bones are as dangerous as chicken bones

Christmas lights

Chewed cables are a recipe for disaster.

Keep them calm

If you’re having party, make sure your pets can escape to a quiet part of the house.

Be ready

Check your vet’s Christmas opening hours and keep the surgery telephone number by the phone just in case.


Keep your pup happy, healthy and busy with a tasty Fish4Dogs Boredom buster.  Hide your dog’s favorite Fish4Dogs treats inside boredom buster balls or stuff Finest Mousse into a Kong & freeze

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