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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.
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
However, tempting, don’t let your pets overeat, or give them inappropriate food as treats.
Falling trees and ‘decorations as snacks’ are amongst the top pet dangers at Christmas
Cards, wrapping paper and ribbons can all cause real problems if eaten by pets.
Unfortunately, many of the plants that appear at Christmas are toxic to pets – including Holly berries, mistletoe and poinsettias.
Keep your pets out of the kitchen at Christmas. Turkey bones are as dangerous as chicken bones
Chewed cables are a recipe for disaster.
If you’re having party, make sure your pets can escape to a quiet part of the house.
Check your vet’s Christmas opening hours and keep the surgery telephone number by the phone just in case.
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