Keep your pets happy, healthy and safe this Christmas
Watch out for potential hazards
Santa is about to make his deliveries and with it comes a warning message to all dog owners — keep all chocolate out of paw’s reach.
Cats are less likely to be interested in sweet treats but dogs will seek out every morsel of chocolate.
There is a derivative of caffeine in chocolate called theobromine that dogs cannot digest.
As a general rule, the darker the chocolate, the more toxic it is to our canine friends.
Ingestion of chocolate may lead to hyperactivity, tremors, panting, racing heart, vomiting, diarrhoea, seizures and even death.
If your dog has eaten chocolate, call a vet as soon as possible.
Inducing vomiting and removing the toxic chocolate from your dog’s system will give your dog the best possible chance of a good outcome.
Severe toxicities may require more intensive treatment and longer stays in veterinary hospital.
Christmas is a special time of year and it should be a great time for our furry friends too.
Here are our top three tips to help keep your pet happy and healthy this Christmas.
Avoid human food
We are often presented with pets who have overindulged over the Christmas period, so please resist feeding your pet ham, turkey or fatty leftovers — they can cause stomach upsets and/or pancreatitis as all these foods are too rich for your pets.
Keep all chocolate and fruitladen Christmas cake out of reach and never feed your pet cooked bones. Remember your pet might find all the Christmas trimmings very interesting and tasty.
Christmas or naments, electrical wires, ribbon, string and wrapping paper can all cause a problem if ingested and could result in a blockage. Remember that the ingestion of stems, stamen or the flowers of Christmas lilies can cause kidney failure in cats.
Make plans for your pet
Give your pet plenty of love and attention over Christmas — it is a hectic time of year and your pet will pick up on this.
Don’t forget your pet on Christmas Day; plan some fun for your pet too.
Stuff their stockings with a new toy to keep them occupied during the day.
It can also be a hot day, so remember to provide lots of shade and fresh cool water if your dog is on the beach with you.
If your cat stresses with too many people around, perhaps close it in a room with a comfortable bed, water, food and litter tray until your guests leave.