Pet Friendly Christmas – DO:
- Put your tree in a safe and secure place – ideally in the corner of the room, where it will hopefully stay out of your pets gaze and avoid their attention.
- Clean up any pine needles around the base of your tree, whether they be real or artificial. If stepped on, they can splinter your pet’s paws and can cause internal damage and illness if eaten. So, dust pans and brushes at the ready!
- Tidy away any wrapping paper or discarded boxes or packaging from gifts. Your dog or cat can choke on this type of stuff. They can also make quite a mess if they start playing with it and tearing it apart!
- Give your pet’s fresh air and exercise by letting them out or taking for a walk. However, try to avoid staying out for too long, as your pets also feel the cold and the icy and gritty ground underneath can hurt their paws.
- Get your dog a Christmas gift such as a toy. This will include them in the festivities, and will keep them busy and entertained. So, no pets underneath your feet whilst preparing the Christmas dinner!
Pet Friendly Christmas – DON’T:
- Hang the decorations such as tinsel and baubles, too low on your Christmas tree. These are easily reachable by your pets and can lead to tugging of the tree and causing damage, as well as internal damage if consumed by your pet!
- Leave electrical objects such as wires or lights in easy to get to places. Your pet will likely be tempted to chew or tug at these, and we all know where there could lead!
- Feed your dog or any of your pets anything they shouldn’t be eating. Things such as dinner scraps can affect a dog’s health, due to human food being made and treated differently. Also, food such as chocolate and certain fruits like grapes, as these are highly toxic, for canines especially.
- Place Christmas plants in anywhere your pet may have access to. Plants such as mistletoe, holly, poinsettias and pine are all toxic to cats and dogs. If you are using these to decorate, place them up high and out of reach.
- Try not to stress your pet too much, especially if you’re having guests visiting. Create a safe space for your pet to rest or to escape to if the festivities get a bit too much for them.
Hopefully, this little bit of advice will go a long way to help you and your furry friends enjoy a pet friendly Christmas! Above all, the main thing is to enjoy your Christmas and not to stress too much!