CHRIST­MAS IS COM­ING Wrap them in love

Guardian Express - - CHRISTMAS IS COMING -

‘TIS the sea­son for fun, feasts and fri­vol­ity for peo­ple, but Christ­mas can be a time of fright and fret for four-legged friends.

Many dogs find mer­ri­ment and crowded homes over­whelm­ing or over­stim­u­lat­ing, ac­cord­ing to Dr Kate Lind­sey of Kalm­pets An­i­mal Be­hav­iour Cen­tre.

There­fore, pet own­ers should con­sider whether their dogs or cats can cope with a busy house­hold at this time.

“Be pre­pared and take steps to en­sure they are feel­ing safe and sup­ported,” Dr Lind­sey said.

“Stick to your usual rou­tine as much as pos­si­ble and sched­ule ken­nels well in ad­vance to en­sure the best care.

“Also, keep tree dec­o­ra­tions above ac­cess height for dogs to avoid them be­ing in­gested and con­sider not us­ing crack­ers around pets, as the noise can be fright­en­ing.

“Take care with wiring for lights, as these fre­quently get chewed, es­pe­cially by cats and be care­ful what you leave un­der the tree.

“Just be­cause it’s wrapped, it doesn’t mean your dog won’t shred it.”

She re­minded peo­ple not to give dogs and cats fes­tive favourites like macadamias, grapes and chocolate.

Ideas for fes­tive treats in­clude reg­u­lar pet food in a puz­zle feeder – a food-dis­pens­ing toy pro­vid­ing men­tal stim­u­la­tion – or a fresh, raw bone for dogs.

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