Keep your Pets Safe at Christmas
Pet safety may be the last thing on your mind when it comes to Christmas. However, there are lots of things to consider when it comes to pet safety during the festive period, such as the decorations, the lights and the noise from all your guests. Here are a few handy tips to help ensure Christmas is a safe and enjoyable time for your non-human family members, and to try and avoid a trip to the vets.
Tips for Pet Safety at Christmas
● Avoid putting lights on the tree's lower branches. Not only can your pet get tangled up in the lights, they can also be a burning hazard. Additionally, if your pets like to chew things, there could be a risk of electric shock from biting through the wire. Alternatively, place the tree on a high stand or table.
● Tinsel can add a nice sparkling touch to the tree, but make sure you hang it up out of your pet's reach. Ingesting the tinsel can potentially block an animal’s intestines, which is likely to lead to surgery.
● Christmas trees, both real and artificial can cause problems for some pets if they choose to chew them. Real Christmas trees are considered mildly toxic, as the oils can be irritating and cause vomiting, whilst the pine needles can puncture your pet's intestines or cause a blockage if ingested. Artificial trees can also be toxic if eaten and cause an obstruction in the animal’s intestines. If you have an ‘inquisitive’ pet then always shut your pet away from the tree when you are not home.
● Lots of 'human' food is bad for pets, especially things like chocolate, nuts and raisins, things that are usually around at Christmas! Treat your pets by giving them pet specific treats, and maybe a new toy.
● Christmas can be a busy time with lots of extra visitors, which can upset some cats and dogs. Make sure they have a calm place they can relax in, such as their pet bed, and surround them with familiar toys. Keep pet’s bed and toys hygienically clean with your favourite Zoflora disinfectant. Instructions on how to use Zoflora for pet bedding can be found here.
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Posted by Zoflora (11/12/2015)