Christmas Survival Guide For Your Pets
08.12.23 December 08, 2023 Seasonal

Christmas Survival Guide For Your Pets

Our pets are as much a part of the family as our human relations. We know it’s just as important to make sure their festive season is as fun as everyone else's. From the perfect presents wrapped under the tree to some tasty festive treats, there are an array of products out there to make sure your dogs and cats have the best Christmas ever. But what are the dangers at Christmas?  There are a few things to consider when preparing for the big Christmas day. Here we have compiled our Christmas Survival Guide for Pets. Take note and ensure you have a wonderful Christmas this year. Whilst your here be sure to check out our Santa's grotto collection to get any last minute gifts for your pets!   Festive Foods Food is an integral part of the Christmas festivities in most households. Whilst our human family members are partial to a mince pie and a chocolate or two, it’s important not to share. Chocolate – Chocolate is really poisonous to dogs. It causes sickness and can even be deadly in certain cases. All chocolate should be kept well out of reach of your canine companions. Hang chocolate decorations on the highest branches of the tree and make sure chocolate gifts are not left under the tree. Alcohol – This may seem obvious, and whilst we don’t expect anyone will be filling their pet's dish with wine, it’s important to keep watch over our own glasses to make sure our pets don’t get any ideas. Also, beware of feeding them any foods with alcohol in. It can cause serious problems in all pets. Want your dogs to join in on the fun? Why not try Woof & Brew's range of pet drinks? From sniffer beer to white wine, these tasty drinks are great for pets this festive season! Mince Pies, Christmas Cake, and Panettone –  Raisins, sultanas, and dates found in all of these foods are toxic to pets and can be fatal in some instances. Make sure you keep these foods out of reach of any pets. Especially any mince pies left out for Santa! Perhaps buy some Christmas-themed foods and treats for your pets so they can join in the fun in a safe way, you can find Christmas dinner and treats for your pets here.  For a list of foods your dog can and can't eat, why not check out our pet Christmas dinner guide here?   Toxic Plants There is nothing as lovely as decorating the house with fresh foliage. Mistletoe, Holly, Ivy, and Poinsettias are all popular additions to our interior decor at Christmas but can cause serious problems for our pets. All three of these plants can be toxic to pets; the bright red leaves of Poinsettia and the traditional classic holly and ivy can cause serious upset stomachs in many animals. The latter can even be fatal in rabbits. You also need to be wary of Mistletoe which can cause drooling, retching and vomiting. If you think your pet may have eaten something they shouldn't please consult your vet as soon as possible for advice.   Christmas Wrap and Decorations Whilst it’s lovely to decorate our homes with Christmas decorations at this time of year, it’s best to be cautious where pets are concerned. Try not to leave them unattended in any rooms with Christmas decorations things like tinsel, flashing lights and other dangly items can be most tantalising to cats and dogs; one, you don't want your decorations ruined and two, the swallowing of any loose parts can be a choking hazard. The same goes for Christmas wrapping. Gift wrap, ribbon, and tags make your gifts look extra special, but like other decorations can be dangerous to pets. On Christmas morning make sure all paper and tags etc are tidied quickly. Make sure any batteries are kept away from cats and dogs as swallowing those can lead to dangerous internal burns. It’s best to keep pets away from any human decorations, toys, or wrapping. Perhaps treat them to some festive-themed toys to keep them occupied and divert their attention away from the things they shouldn’t play with!   Create A Safe Space The hustle and bustle of Christmas can cause your pets to worry due to the change in routine, increased noise levels and unfamiliar visitors. Make sure to give your pet a safe, quiet space they can retreat to when the festivities get too much. Your dog might like a crate with a cover or a bed and blanket for instance and your cat will feel safest up high where he can view the room from his own cat tree. If you have smaller pets such as gerbils or hamsters you may want to remove their cages from the main rooms of the house over the busiest days of the Christmas period to make sure they feel safe and content.    Whilst the dangers around Christmas might seem overwhelming, there’s no reason not to enjoy the holiday with the whole family including your animal friends. Take precautions with the above issues, but don’t let it stop you from having a great time. If you have any questions about anything mentioned here or something more general, do get in touch. We love to hear from you and your pets!

By Megan Willis

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Our pets are as much a part of the family as our human relations. We know it’s just as important to make sure their festive season is as fun as everyone else's. From the perfect presents wrapped under the tree to some tasty festive treats, there are an array of products out there to make sure your dogs and cats have the best Christmas ever. But what are the dangers at Christmas?  There are a few things to consider when preparing for the big Christmas day. Here we have compiled our Christmas Survival Guide for Pets. Take note and ensure you have a wonderful Christmas this year.

Whilst your here be sure to check out our Santa's grotto collection to get any last minute gifts for your pets!

 

Festive Foods

Food is an integral part of the Christmas festivities in most households. Whilst our human family members are partial to a mince pie and a chocolate or two, it’s important not to share.

Chocolate – Chocolate is really poisonous to dogs. It causes sickness and can even be deadly in certain cases. All chocolate should be kept well out of reach of your canine companions. Hang chocolate decorations on the highest branches of the tree and make sure chocolate gifts are not left under the tree.

Chocolate Bar

Alcohol – This may seem obvious, and whilst we don’t expect anyone will be filling their pet's dish with wine, it’s important to keep watch over our own glasses to make sure our pets don’t get any ideas. Also, beware of feeding them any foods with alcohol in. It can cause serious problems in all pets. Want your dogs to join in on the fun? Why not try Woof & Brew's range of pet drinks? From sniffer beer to white wine, these tasty drinks are great for pets this festive season!

Alcohol

Mince Pies, Christmas Cake, and Panettone –  Raisins, sultanas, and dates found in all of these foods are toxic to pets and can be fatal in some instances. Make sure you keep these foods out of reach of any pets. Especially any mince pies left out for Santa!

Christmas cakes

Perhaps buy some Christmas-themed foods and treats for your pets so they can join in the fun in a safe way, you can find Christmas dinner and treats for your pets here

For a list of foods your dog can and can't eat, why not check out our pet Christmas dinner guide here?

 

Toxic Plants

There is nothing as lovely as decorating the house with fresh foliage. Mistletoe, Holly, Ivy, and Poinsettias are all popular additions to our interior decor at Christmas but can cause serious problems for our pets. All three of these plants can be toxic to pets; the bright red leaves of Poinsettia and the traditional classic holly and ivy can cause serious upset stomachs in many animals. The latter can even be fatal in rabbits. You also need to be wary of Mistletoe which can cause drooling, retching and vomiting.

Christmas plants

If you think your pet may have eaten something they shouldn't please consult your vet as soon as possible for advice.

 

Christmas Wrap and Decorations

Whilst it’s lovely to decorate our homes with Christmas decorations at this time of year, it’s best to be cautious where pets are concerned. Try not to leave them unattended in any rooms with Christmas decorations things like tinsel, flashing lights and other dangly items can be most tantalising to cats and dogs; one, you don't want your decorations ruined and two, the swallowing of any loose parts can be a choking hazard.

The same goes for Christmas wrapping. Gift wrap, ribbon, and tags make your gifts look extra special, but like other decorations can be dangerous to pets. On Christmas morning make sure all paper and tags etc are tidied quickly. Make sure any batteries are kept away from cats and dogs as swallowing those can lead to dangerous internal burns. It’s best to keep pets away from any human decorations, toys, or wrapping. Perhaps treat them to some festive-themed toys to keep them occupied and divert their attention away from the things they shouldn’t play with!

Christmas decorations

 

Create A Safe Space

The hustle and bustle of Christmas can cause your pets to worry due to the change in routine, increased noise levels and unfamiliar visitors. Make sure to give your pet a safe, quiet space they can retreat to when the festivities get too much. Your dog might like a crate with a cover or a bed and blanket for instance and your cat will feel safest up high where he can view the room from his own cat tree. If you have smaller pets such as gerbils or hamsters you may want to remove their cages from the main rooms of the house over the busiest days of the Christmas period to make sure they feel safe and content.   

Whilst the dangers around Christmas might seem overwhelming, there’s no reason not to enjoy the holiday with the whole family including your animal friends. Take precautions with the above issues, but don’t let it stop you from having a great time. If you have any questions about anything mentioned here or something more general, do get in touch. We love to hear from you and your pets!

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