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How to Take Care of your Pets at Christmas
Thursday December 8th 2016
Christmas is a time for fun, family and festivities, so the last thing you want is to have to make any emergency trips to the vet. There are a surprising number of things which could pose a danger to your pets at Christmas time, so it’s important to make yourself aware of all of them, in order to prevent any unfortunate mishaps.
Seasonal Plants - Some plants which are traditionally put out at Christmas time can actually be poisonous to our cats and dogs. Be cautious that any festive plants such as the amaryllis, mistletoe and holly, are all kept out of reach from your pets.
Tinsel – We know that our cats can get a lot of enjoyment out of playing with pieces of string, and tinsel can be just as appealing to them, with the added attraction that it also sparkles. However, this can sometimes be dangerous, as if the tinsel is ingested, it may get stuck in their throat causing serious harm and potentially an operation needed to remove it.
Christmas Tree - Although it’s always nice to have a real Christmas tree in your home, it’s important to be aware that the dropping needles can get caught in your pets paws causing them pain and discomfort. If you do have a real tree, make sure to frequently hoover and remove any falling needles from your floor.
Around Christmas time, there never seems to be a shortage of chocolate lying around the house. In advent calendars, hung on trees, and even wrapped up in presents. Just remember that our pets, and dogs in particular, are attracted to the smell of chocolate treats despite the fact that it can make them very sick. Try to keep the Christmas chocolates out of their reach to avoid any temptation.
Over the Christmas period it’s likely that you’ll have lots of visitors coming in and out of the house, with friends and relatives coming to stay or visit. The commotion of these new people coming and going can put quite a strain on your pet, and could cause them distress if they aren’t given a break every now and then. Throughout the Christmas period, try to make sure that you’ve assigned a quiet space for your pet so that they can get away from all the chaos when they need some peace.
It’s more than common for us to lose track of our typical daily routines during the Christmas period when our schedules begin to get a bit hectic. Whilst this is fine for us, our pets are more sensitive to changes in their daily agenda, so it’s important to make an extra effort to keep them in the same routine, particularly when it comes to their exercise and diet.
This article was written on behalf of helpucover. helpucover is a trading style of Pinnacle Insurance plc, an insurance company who offers pet insurance.