Friday, 27 November 2009

Tips at Christmas to keep your pet safe

How to Make Your Christmas safe and happy for all your pets

We all want to enjoy this festive season with every member of our family including the furry and feathered ones.
Christmas can be a time full of hidden dangers, so be aware and make this Holiday season a safe and happy one.
Christmas trees pose all sorts of hidden dangers for dogs and cats. Learn how to minimize the risks by fowllowing these simple steps;

1. If you have a real tree cover your tree stand with a tree skirt to prevent your pet from drinking the water in the base. This liquid can make your animal sick.

2. Have pet treats on hand to distract your pet away from the tree. The needles can easily get lodged in the animal's throat, making it hard to swallow.

3. Place decorations that contain mistletoe, poinsettias and holly only in high sections of the tree, where your pet will be unable to get the tempting leaves and berries. They can cause heartbeat and blood pressure to drop.

4. Remove strings and ribbons from gifts that are left under the tree. These items may seem like toys to an animal, but can easily choke him or her.

5. Avoid using tinsel, since your dog can choke on it. Also understand that some of the older tinsel contains lead.

6. Remember not to use chocolate ornaments if there's a chance that your pet could pull them off. An ingredient called theobromine can have a toxic effect on dogs.

7. Tape the electrical cords of your Christmas tree lights to the wall so your pet won't chew them.

8. Maintain your pet's regular schedule for feeding and exercise. Minimising stress for your animal means being aware of his daily routine and expectations. Make sure Fifi or Fido doesn't feel neglected or insecure at this busy time of the year.

9. Provide a quite refuge for your animal. With all the holiday fanfare, your pet will need a "time out" from visiting friends and family. A comfortable crate is one solution or a room with a "Do Not Disturb" sign is another. Give your dog or cat time and space to settle down or take a nap.

10. Realize that lit candles may capture the attention of your dog or cat. To avoid any accidents, leave your pets in the other room if you plan to light candles.

11. Find out about emergncy vet cover and keep the numbers handy.

12. Fireworks are available now for New Year, so if you have a pet that is nervous be aware this and make plans for a quite palce for your dog or cat away from the party.

13. If people are giving you gifts to put under the tree, ask them to make you aware of any containing Chocolate, keep these in a cupboard away from inquisitive pets.

14. Christmas dinner leftovers, do not let your pets near the turkey bones, these can be lethal.

Finally, enjoy the festive season.. Have safe and Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to everyone.

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