We at Scarsdale Vets want Christmas to be not only a happy and enjoyable time for you and your family, but also for your household pets. Here are some top tips to keep your pets safe and content this holiday:
Secure your Christmas tree
Christmas trees are a seasonal favourite but can pose hazards to pets. Firstly make sure that your tree is secure so that it can’t be easily pulled over. Also try to hide or cover electricity cables for Christmas lights so that they are not easily accessible to chew. Food items should also not be left beneath the tree that animals could eat. Amazingly we do see the odd animal every year with pine needles stuck in their foot causing irritation or infection. For this reason it is recommended to keep the floor around the tree clear of needles and restrict access of pets to the room where the Christmas tree is kept.
Keep Christmas decorations away from pets
Decorations are lovely but should always be placed away from easy access to animals. Ribbons or tinsel when ingested can cause gut obstructions. Mistletoe is also poisonous when eaten or chewed.
Give your pet the right treat
Of course it is fine to give your pet the occasional treat, so long as it is not given in such amounts as to replace their daily diet. Small bits of chicken or turkey are fine and generally well tolerated by many healthy animals. If your pet is on a prescription diet we even have recipe’s available for you to make your own treats out of their food…..please feel free to contact the surgery for more details. Chocolate, some nuts and dried fruit (raisins, sultanas and currants) should all be avoided as they can prove very toxic to dogs.
Give your pet space to relax
Christmas can be a stressful period not only for us adults, but also for our pets. The sudden influx of visitors and increased attention can be overwhelming. Here just giving your pet a space to escape away from activity can be a real help to relieve stress. Pheromone sprays or diffusers are also available to promote a calming environment for dogs and cats. Come in and ask us for advice if this is a concern.
Keep your dogs wrapped up, warm and dry this winter with the large selection of coats available in our shop. If we don’t have what you want….don‘t be afraid to ask and we can get most items in by the next day. Care should be taken in exercising your dogs in icy conditions, especially around lakes or ponds, where putting them on the lead is advisable.