On the money – now, watch what they eat!
THANK you to everyone who attended our Christmas fair at the beginning of the month. We raised £2,273.83! As you can imagine, we have higher bills during the colder months needing extra heating and bedding to keep the animals warm, so this money will help see us through the winter.
Thank you for supporting us and enabling us to care for the animals during their time of most need.
With Christmas just next week, we wanted to give you some tips on keeping your pets safe during the festive period.
Firstly, I would like to start with festive food.
Now we all know it is delicious to us, but to our pets, much of it is highly toxic and dangerous.
These foods include: chocolate, mince pies, Christmas pudding, onion gravy, alcohol and cooked bones from carcasses – a dangerous choking hazard as they can splinter.
However, not everything is dangerous to your pet: skinless and boneless white meat such as turkey is okay for dogs and cats, but do be careful that it’s not covered in fat, salt or gravy.
Always remember that it is still best to keep to your pets eating their appropriate food.
At Christmas, lots of us have family round to join in the fun and games, however be mindful that this can be stressful for our pets.
Often we are louder and more chaotic around Christmas, departing from our normal routines.
Try to remember your faithful pets and provide them with a safe area, where they can sleep and eat in peace.
With dogs, try to keep walking routines the same, this is so they don’t worry that they haven’t been out, or been forgotten.
If you are visiting relatives or neighbours, or ‘going out’ over Christmas, try to not leave your pet alone for long periods. Pop back in the day to see them, feed them and give them some reassurance.
Also, for outdoor pets such as rabbits and guinea pigs, they will need extra bedding in the cold weather.
Ensure you keep their enclosures clean, as wet bedding can freeze on cold nights which can lead to illness.
Also, ensure outdoor pets always have fresh clean water to drink; check at least twice a day it’s not frozen.
A few tips for all pet owners is to make sure you keep a telephone number of an emergency vet on hand, just in case of accidents, or if your pet eats something they shouldn’t.
If your pet is on medication, stock up before the holidays so you don’t get caught out.
Finally, and most importantly, if you go away over Christmas, be sure to make plans for your pets – whether they’re coming with you or not.
For wildlife, Christmas can also be a dangerous event.
On Christmas Eve night, often children like to leave out a little treat for Father Christmas and his reindeer.
We agree that Father Christmas and his faithful reindeer need a break while rushing from house to house delivering presents; however, foods with glitter can be very harmful to wildlife, and it gets stuck in the reindeers’ teeth!
This year instead of buying some pre-made glitter food, see what you can find in your cupboards. Do you have any wild bird seed? This may include sunflower hearts, naked rolled oats, dried mealworms, yellow millet, kibbled peanuts and black sunflower seeds – this will also help the reindeer fly extra fast!
Also, some dried insects, Rudolph and his bird friends love mealworms and waxworms!
Have a Happy Christmas and a brilliant New Year from everyone and animals here at RSPCA Southport, Ormskirk & District and remember, kindness will always beat cruelty.
Above, what you should avoid giving your dog; left, please deliver kindness!