Christmas can be one of the most enjoyable times of the year for both you and your furry best friend. But there are some things that may get in the way of this.
So, to ensure this is a happy and healthy one, I have drafted a list of Do’s and Don’ts for the festive season.
- Allow your little one (or big one) to be part of the fun, but also give them the option of a nice quiet space where they can have some ‘me time’ if needed.
- With lots of visitors calling, there may be unfamiliar kids around your house, so adult supervision is always advised, no matter how well trusted your best friend is.
- Get them a gift! We all deserve one at Christmas!
- Have your emergency vets’ number to hand! (just in case…)
- There are lots of foods around at Christmas that are toxic to dogs, and may end up in a vets visit, or even worse….. so don’t allow your dog access to these! (Some of which are macadamia nuts, onions, garlic, chocolate and grapes/raisins/currants.)
- There are also lots of festive plants to be aware of, don’t allow your dog access to Ivy, Christmas trees, poinsettia, mistletoe, or Holly, all of which can cause severe stomach upsets when eaten, or worse in some cases.
- Presents should be safe ones! Please don’t give bones which can break up into sharp pieces and perforate the intestines, or cause blockages if swallowed whole!
- Don’t leave choking hazards lying around! Often our Christmas crackers contain small items, or children’s toys which are small can cause big issues too!