Keep Your Pets SAFE this Holiday Season

The festive season can be a stressful season for many, and that goes for pets too. As you gear up for the holiday season, think ahead and consider your pets needs and wellbeing. Here is a useful list to help keep your pets safe over the coming weeks.

Holiday pet care check list:

  • Ensure your pet has a safe and quiet place to ‘get away from it all’ at home.
  • Use lavender flowers or essential oil in oil burners to help calm an anxious pet.
  • Pheromones, in the form of a spray or diffuser, can be useful to help settle stressed animals.
  • Have the TV or radio on in a separate room if New Year celebrations include fireworks.
  • Some dogs benefit from wearing a compression jacket to help keep them calm.
  • Ensure your pet is micro-chipped and is wearing an ID tag so they can be easily reunited with you, should they stray.
  • Don’t feed sweets and chocolates to your pet. Chocolate is toxic and sweets can cause bad tummy upsets.
  • Keep your pets away from Christmas cakes, mince pies and fruit tarts as they often contain raisins sultanas that are toxic to dogs.
  • Don’t leave wrapped boxes of chocolates under the tree and leave your dog home alone!
  • It’s great to offer a special meal for Xmas day, but don’t overfeed turkey and treats.
  • Some holiday plants can be toxic to cats and dogs – such as holly, mistletoe, poinsettias and lilies.
  • The Christmas tree and its decorations can cause issues – pine needles, when ingested, can puncture holes in a pet’s intestine. Tinsel and decorations can be life threatening if swallowed.   Do not let your pet drink the Christmas tree water – it may contain fertilizers. Do not use aspirin in the water to extend the life of your tree as that could put your pet’s life at risk.
  • Remain calm around your pet – they will pick up on your stress.
  • Take your dog on a good walk before all the activity starts to help tire them out as it may help them to relax.
  • Vitamin B supplements can help animals cope with stress.
  • Rescue Remedy is a safe and often a helpful tool to help keep pets calm and alleviate stress – just pop a few drops in their drinking water.
  • Make sure vaccinations are up to date for cats and dogs heading to kennels/catteries and book early to avoid disappointment.
  • Make a note of your vets opening days and times over the holiday period just incase you need them in an emergency.
  • Looking for a Christmas present for your pet – the very best gift you can give is attention, exercise, love and cuddles!
  • If considering giving an animal as a gift, think twice and make sure the recipient has the time and commitment to give the pet the love and affection it deserves. And adopt your pet from a rescue organisation to discourage unnecessary breeding and save a life.