Posted on: 14th December 2021

As we head into a wonderful time of year when we look forward to spending the Festive Season with loved ones, we need to be aware too that this time of year can be a stressful one for our pets.

Here are some things to look out for and be aware of so that your pet can enjoy the Festive Season as much as you do.

Food hazards

Christmas can be a time for overindulgence – after all who doesn’t like that extra slice of turkey, a few too many mince pies and of course, chocolate aplenty. But be aware that many of the foods we eat are not good for our pets, especially chocolates, Christmas pudding, onion gravy, anything with alcohol in it, cooked bones from joints, and sharp and brittle bones from chickens, turkeys and the like.

Be careful to keep all these items well out of reach of your pets – if you do want to treat them, stick to plain and unsalted white meats with no bones, or make specific biscuits or treats from pet-specific recipes.

Choking and swallowing hazards

Small toys from crackers, decorations from Christmas trees, plants such as ivy, holly and mistletoe and tinsel and wrapping paper may present a fun item for your pets to play with, but unfortunately can be dangerous as choking hazards or cause internal injury in the event the item is swallowed.

Try and keep these out of reach if possible and keep an eye on your pet at all times.

Temperature control

As we know, the temperatures around Christmas can be erratic, with some days warmer than others, but oftentimes with cold snaps that catch everyone off guard. Be aware of your pet’s needs, ensure they are kept safe from exposure when outside, and regulate their temperature when indoors, ensuring too that they’ve always got access to fresh water.

Disrupted routines

It’s less of a danger to their lives, but the hustle and bustle of the Festive Season can cause your pets some distress, so keep an eye on them and try to keep their routines as normal as possible.

And finally…

All of the team of PCS would like to wish our staff, customers, friends, families and pets a very happy and safe Festive Season, and all the best for 2022.

Happy Festive Season Tips for You and Your Pets