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Pet Safety at Christmas Christmas

There's a lot to think about at Christmas, so let's not forget about our little furry, scaly and feathered friends on the run up to the big day.

Happy Cat and Dog at Christmas

Christmas Tree Safety

For safety secure the Christmas tree to prevent it from toppling over if your pet decides to climb.

Place fragile ornaments and decorations higher up on the tree to avoid pets knocking them over.

  1. Gift Wrap Caution Keep gifts containing food or treats out of reach of pets to prevent them from unwrapping and consuming items that may be harmful - as well as them ruining your gorgeous gifts. Dispose of wrapping paper and ribbons properly, as ingesting these materials can pose a choking hazard.

  2. Candle Safety Place candles out of your pet's reach to prevent burnt whiskers or fires.

  3. Holiday Plants Keep traditional holiday plants like poinsettias, mistletoe, and holly out of reach, as they can be toxic to pets if ingested.

  4. Festive Foods Avoid feeding pets holiday foods like chocolate, bones, rich or spicy foods, and foods containing nuts, as these can be harmful. Also, anything with raisins like Christmas cake, mince pies and pudding, can be toxic to dogs. Secure trash bins to prevent pets from rummaging through discarded food items.

  5. Quiet Retreat Space Create a quiet and comfortable space for your pet to retreat to if the holiday festivities become overwhelming, especially if you have guests over or are hosting parties.

  6. Winter Weather  Keep an eye on your pet when outdoors in cold weather. Provide a warm shelter and limit exposure to the elements. Check for antifreeze spills, as it is highly toxic to pets.

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