12 days of Christmas

December 7th, 2017 13:13

Ho Ho Ho it’s the Christmas Season! It’s great to involve your furkids in the celebrations as they are a big part of the family. However please keep in mind Beau’s 12 tips to make sure it’s a joyful time for all.

  1. Visitors – it’s exciting when the rellies come and join the celebrations however make sure to have a quiet area in the house that’s just for your dog or cat. Dogs can become super excited saying hello to new people and may need a time out area or cats may need their own space. Take them for a walk before guests arrive so they aren’t super turbo charged excited when your guests arrive.
  2. Chocolate – a big no no for dogs and cats. Make sure those lovingly wrapped chocs (hopefully Haigh’s) aren’t left under the tree for your pets to sniff out and munch.
  3. Alcohol – another big no no. It’s easy to put your drink down on the floor next to your chair while you are celebrating. Keep it up on a table so pooch doesn’t take a sly sip!
  4. Colourful, shiny baubles and tinsel might be attractive to dab or “mouth” if they are low on the tree. If pets crush them in their mouth they can cause internal problems, especially if they shatter.
  5. Mince pies, Christmas pudding, cake and fatty meats are a big part of the feasting, but are not great to feed to your furkids. Keep their meals as close to usual as possible to avoid tummy upsets, or worse. Macadamia nuts, raisins and grapes are toxic to dogs so don’t let them munch on them or yummy desserts containing these ingredients. Avocado and onion are other no no foods.
  6. Some plants are poisonous to your pets It’s best to keep plants such as Poinsettias, mistletoe, lilies, and holly well out of reach. Here’s a list of plants toxic to dogs.
  7. If you gift wrap a pressie and give it to your furkid to unwrap make sure they don’t swallow any ribbons, string, tinsel or paper. Clear up the results of unwrapping straight away and then it’s out of harm’s way.
  8. Don’t feed pets cooked bones as they can splinter and cause internal damage.
  9. Avoid decorating the Christmas tree with edibles such as candy canes or chocolate. Keep temptation away and prevent your dog or cat jumping up or climbing the tree with the risk of bringing it all down!
  10. A children’s playpen around your tree will help keep curious noses and paws away from any hazards including becoming entangled in fairy light wires.
  11. That wagging tail can be a hazard. Keep lighted candles, plates, glasses etc. high up and away from the mobile crashing machine!
  12. Keep an eye on pets and children, particularly littles ones to ensure they don’t share food or pester each other. That way you’ll keep the tantrums and tears away!

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