Christmas Tree and Presents

Make sure the Festive Season is fun for your furry family!

Follow our tips for making Christmas a fun and hazard-free time for your pets, without any trips to see the Vet!

Is that present for me?!

Many pets are intrigued by wrapped boxes, so if you don’t want yours to be unwrapped by Santa’s little helper, keep them hidden! Wrappings and bows can be dangerous is chewed or swallowed, so make sure they are cleared away quickly. Tidy up children’s toys as small parts can be swallowed. When it comes to your pet’s own presents, make sure they are suitable and safe – we have a range of dog and cat gifts and treats at LAA which your pet will adore!

Decorations & Dinner Dangers

Many of the foods we enjoy at Christmas are not good for our pets:

  • Chocolate contains an ingredient that can damage the canine nervous system
  • Grapes, raisins and sultanas are all toxic to dogs – so no mince pies, Christmas cake or Christmas pudding!
  • Cooked turkey bones can splinter and become lodged in an animals throat or perforate the intestinal tract
  • Fatty, salty meats such as sausages wrapped in bacon can cause pancreatitis
  • Onions can cause anaemia

Taking a few precautions when decorating your home for Christmas will make the Holidays a happier time for all:

  • Tinsel should be hung up out of your pet’s reach as ingesting it can cause a blockage which would require surgery to remove it
  • Fairy lights should also be positioned out of reach. Not only could your pet get tangled up in them, they could inadvertently get an electric shock by biting through the wire.
  • Spray snow from a can looks decorative and pretty but check your pet isn’t interested in licking or scratching it off and ingesting harmful chemicals
  • Blu-tack and other adhesives can cause drooling, vomiting and diarrhoea if eaten by your dog. Silica gel found in packaging can have the same effect
  • Ornaments represent a choking hazard and glass baubles are best avoided all together as shards from broken ones may injure paws, mouths or other parts of your pet's body. Steer clear of edible chocolate decorations as they may prove too much of a temptation to your dog's sensitive nose
  • Favourite Yuletide plants including holly, mistletoe (especially the berries), poinsettia, amaryllis and lilies are all poisonous to pets
  • If you have a real Christmas tree, regularly hoover up the pine needles as these can puncture your pets intestines if ingested.

Party Time

A lively gathering may unsettle your pets, so provide access to a quiet ‘retreat’ room or familiar space, away from the noise and excessive petting / treat giving from tiddly relatives or overexcited children. If you have a particularly anxious pet, try plugging in an Pet Remedy diffuser (available from our LAA shop) before the big day and keep it plugged in over the holiday period. Check that doors are not left open, inviting pets to slip out unnoticed. Make sure your pet is wearing a collar and ID tag and that they are microchipped.

We hope you all have a lovely Christmas!