It’s the time of year to treat yourself and your loved ones, and we know your newest member of the family definitely won’t be left out! So we’ve compiled four simple and effective tips to help you maintain your beloved pet’s wellbeing throughout the festive season.
1. Resist the temptation to indulge your pet
Whether you’ve brought your pet home recently for their first Christmas or not, no doubt you've already provided them with a bed, toys, accessories and nutritious food, but what you probably really feel like doing in December is spoiling this member of your family that deserves so much love.
But slow down, it’s important to resist the temptation to indulge him or her. They might have had a lot of upheaval before becoming part of your family, but too many treats can cause an upset tummy! A new toy would be a fantastic present for your pet, which they will hopefully enjoy for a long time after Christmas. Give out treats that are healthy and don’t let them have too many.
Help your pet unwrap any presents so they don’t accidently consume paper, and dispose of strings and ribbons before your pet can get hold of it.
2. Be aware of deadly treats
Raisins, currants and sultanas in festive sweet treats such as mince pies and Christmas puddings are poisonous to dogs, eating them could lead to sickness and diarrhoea – and even fatal kidney failure.
You should never feed a pet chocolate. Dark chocolate is the most toxic to your pet, but all chocolate should be avoided to keep your pet safe. When you’re enjoying your favourite sharing selection with family and friends, ignore those sad eyes that pets are so good at and keep the box out of reach!
Be aware of gifts containing food under the tree, pets have keen noses and will easily sniff out a wrapped box of biscuits or chocolates!
3. Take a break for this holiday, but try and stick to your pets usual routine
You know how dog walkers are so friendly? Well on days like Christmas, your walk will include even more smiling and cheer!
It’s a perfect time to enjoy lazy days, but don’t let the season cause too much interruption to your pets daily routine. Small furries will still need their usual clean and fresh water, cats will be most upset if their litter trays are not cleaned, and a post-Christmas lunch walk will be as much of a treat to you as it is to your dog!
4. Ensure your pet has a space away from all the festivities.
Christmas and New Year is often a time when we welcome friends and family into our home, as much as some pets will take every bit of attention on offer, some will want space to themselves. Allow your pet to move away into a quiet space if they wish, and ensure children understand to leave them alone, sometimes animals get scared when kids want to play.
If you would like to treat a pet in rescue, please donate and make Christmas Day just as special for them.