CHRISTMAS IS COMING Wrap them in love
‘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.