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Don't kill your pet by doing this at Christmas

Don't kill your pet by doing this at Christmas

Published at 11:01am 20th December 2017. (Updated at 3:19pm 20th December 2017)

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Christmas can be a hectic time, but your pets can be at risk. The Vet Hospital in Harrogate has got the list of things to look out for. 

Make sure your Christmas tree is safe. 

We all know it can be funny watching cats and kittens climbing up Christmas tree, but glass baubles and sharp decorations can make it dangerous, particularly if the tree falls over. It's a good idea to make sure your tree is secure or tied to something so it can't fall over, or your cat is kept away from the tree if it's particularly interested in it.

Needless to say though, we thought it would be a great idea for you watch some cats verses Christmas trees...

Cat with Christmas tree

Watch what they're eating. 

Cats and dogs can both be poisoned by lots of different items. Pay close attention to this list and keep them away from pets:

  1. Chocolate - of which there is lots of at Christmas. You can even get special pet advent calenders!
  2. Currants, raisins and sultanas - this includes Christmas cake and pudding!
  3. Lilies - popular Christmas plants including Amaryllis are in the lily family.
  4. Sweeteners - found in products such as chewing gum
  5. Batteries - Got the spares in for those new children's toys?
  6. Washing machine tablets - where there are people, there's washing. 
  7. Pain relief tablets - boxing day headaches could be a bigger headache for pets.
  8. Poisonous mushrooms - be careful on that festive stroll. 
  9. Cooked bones - Turkey, chicken, lamb, beef and pork bones that are cooked can easily splinter and perforate your dog's stomach, they are dangerous and should never be fed to a dog.
  10. Mistletoe - Causes stomach problems, and may cause skin irritations.

Dog with Christmas hat on

Give them space. 

Most dogs love some attention, but when you have crowds in the house it's important to make sure your pet has access to their own quiet space where they can take a break. Keep their bed in the usual place, allow them to be able to move in and out of different rooms where there are less people, and if they need to be alone that's alright. 

Cat having a nap on a bed

What chew doing!

Pets love to explore, and a world of wrapping paper, ribbons and packaging may seem like a great opportunity for a rummage, but if your animal accidentally swallows something it shouldn't it can lead to a very horrible Christmas indeed. Removing an item from your pets stomach can cost over well over £1000, or worse could be fatal. Best stick to pet chews instead. Or it could be a great reason to get the kids to pick all the rubbish up!

Puppy chewing

Dogs (and cats) are for life. 

They're incredible to have, but owning a pet is costly, takes a lot of time, and requires a great deal of thought. We'd never say get one if you are able to look after it, but do be careful about getting new animals for Christmas. It's a busy time of year to bring a baby animal into your home which can be scary and intimidating for them. Make sure you're able to commit and perhaps leave it until January if you're going to be busy at Christmas. 

New puppy with child on sofa

Hear what Dr Bob Partridge from The Vet Hospital had to say about pet problems this Christmas on Stray FM's Family Show:

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