December 20th 2023
CHRISTMAS SAFETY TIPS FOR PETS
As we immerse ourselves in the holiday spirit and adorn our homes with festive cheer, it’s imperative to consider the safety of our cherished four-legged family members. In this guide, we provide valuable tips to ensure the well-being of your pets during the Christmas season. Should you have concerns about your pet’s health, we strongly advise contacting your trusted veterinarian for prompt advice.
Christmas Trees and Pets:
The enchanting glow of Christmas tree lights may captivate our senses, but it can pose potential hazards for our feline and canine companions.
- Supervision is Key: Always supervise your pets around the Christmas tree to prevent any attempts at chewing or playing with ornaments. If you’re unable to supervise, consider placing the tree in an area that can be easily closed off.
- Avoid Edible Decorations: Exercise caution with edible decorations such as chocolate or candy canes, as they can be harmful and potentially lethal if ingested by your animals.
- Enhance Security: For added security, anchor your tree to the ceiling using a ceiling hook and sturdy rope or string. This precaution ensures stability and minimizes the risk of the tree toppling over.
- Real Tree Caution: If you opt for a real tree, safeguard the water in the tree stand. Toxic sap can form in the water, emitting an attractive scent to curious noses. Cover the tree stump and water with foil and a sturdy tree skirting to block access.
- Address Wiring Hazards: Ensure Christmas light wiring is out of reach to prevent potential electrocution. Curious mouths may be tempted to nibble on bulbs, posing the risk of both electrocution and intestinal blockage.
Decorations, Dogs & Cats:
Carefully consider the placement of decorations to prevent accidents and injuries to your four-legged companions.
- Out of Reach Decor: Place decorations out of reach to deter pets from playing with or knocking them over, preventing potential injuries such as mouth or throat cuts and intestinal blockages.
- Toxic Plant Awareness: Be mindful of popular plants like holly, mistletoe, and poinsettia, as they can be poisonous if ingested. Avoid Christmas bouquets with toxic flowers like lilies.
- Protect Presents: Beautifully wrapped presents can be tempting targets for a nibble. Keep them out of reach to avoid any mishaps.
Christmas Foods for Pets to Avoid:
While indulging in festive delights is a tradition for us, it’s crucial to safeguard our pets from potentially harmful foods.
- Key Foods to Avoid: Steer clear of chocolate, mince pies, gravy, alcohol, Christmas pudding, and bones from meat, as they pose various risks, including choking hazards and toxicity.
- Stick to Regular Diet: We strongly advise maintaining your pet’s regular diet during the festive season. For a safe indulgence, consider Naturo’s Turkey or Chicken products for Dogs or our Turkey Mousse for Cats, specially crafted for their enjoyment.
Christmas Calm for Pets:
Amidst the excitement of the season, be mindful of potential stresses for your pets.
Create a Quiet Retreat: Excessive noise and activity can cause anxiety for many pets. Ensure they have a warm and quiet retreat for moments when they need their own space.In conclusion, the most important rule is to enjoy Christmas time with your four-legged family members. We welcome the sharing of your festive family pictures on social media channels. Wishing you and your pets a safe and joyous holiday season!