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Christmas Guide for Owners

We’ve put together a handy checklist to help owners deliver the best possible Christmas to their pets...

We’ve put together a handy checklist to help owners deliver the best possible Christmas to their pets. Take a look below at our top tips on keeping your pets safe and happy during the festive period:


Be careful of grit and salt from the roads

If this gets lodged into your dog’s paws or between their toes, it can be incredibly painful. Wash your dog’s paws thoroughly after walks to avoid this.


Check your small animals’ water bottles

Make sure your hamster, gerbil or other small pet’s water bottle doesn’t freeze overnight by keeping it insulated – bubble wrap can be a great help.


Watch your pet’s weight

Pets tend not to exercise as much during the winter, so take extra care not to overfeed them. Stick to their recommended dose and they’ll be just fine.


Put up your decorations slowly and carefully

dog with lights

A sudden change in your pet’s environment can be quite stressful for them; they’d much prefer a slow, steady Christmas transformation. Keep your pets away from anything they can swallow, too.


Is your tree a real one?

If you have a real Christmas tree, you can prevent the needles getting all over the carpet (and potentially harming your pet’s paws) by keeping it watered.


Supervision

Avoid leaving your pet alone with the tree, decorations they can swallow or Christmas treats that could poison them.


Know your dangerous Christmas foods

Chocolate, alcohol, mince pies, cooked bones, xylitol, corn on the cob, garlic and fatty foods are all toxic to dogs and cats. Make sure you keep these foods well away from your pets at all times.


Give your pet a gift

Nothing says ‘I love you’ like the perfect gift. Also, gifts like puzzle feeders can help keep your pet’s mind occupied.


Be aware of your noise

Try not to scare your pet with Christmas crackers, champagne corks and other loud noises.


Alone time

Your pet should have somewhere to go if they need peace and quiet, somewhere they feel comfortable and they can be alone. If you’re lost for ideas, covering their crate with a blanket can work well.


Take care while leaving out treats

If you’re leaving a special treat for Santa, store it up high, preferably in a room your pet can’t get to.


What are your friends and family like with pets?

Are they happy that your pet is coming along? Do they make a habit of leaving the mince pies lying around? It’s useful to check up on these things well in advance of Christmas.


Prepare for the journey

If you’re embarking on a long drive with your pet, bring lots of toys and allow them regular toilet breaks.


Is your pet ready?

Are their vaccinations up to date? Have they had their flea and worm treatment? If you’re doubtful, contact us right away!


Consider calming products

If the Christmas period is too much for your pet, think about getting a pheromone spray or diffuser. If you’re unsure about these products, pop in and ask us – we’ll happily advise you.

We wish all of our clients and their pets a wonderful Christmas! If you have any queries, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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