Protect your pet from holiday dangers

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Holidays can be dangerous times for pets. Stress, visiting relatives, and holiday shopping can make it harder to keep an eye on your furry family members. Below are some tips on how to keep your pets healthy and happy this holiday season!

According to vets, Christmas is one of the most dangerous times of the year for pets so it pays to be prepared.

Top tips for pet safety this Christmas

1. Arrange pet insurance: If you have carefully thought out adding a pet to the family this Christmas, arrange pet insurance at the same time. It doesn’t need to be expensive and could save a lot of stress and expense.

2. Stick to a routine: Although Christmas is a busy day, sticking to normal feeding and walking times, for instance, as this will help to keep pets calm and out of mischief

3. Don’t let pets indulge: However, tempting, don’t let your pets overeat, or give them inappropriate food as treats.

4. Take care with trees and decorations: Falling trees and ‘decorations as snacks’ are amongst the top pet dangers at Christmas

5. Keep presents and wrapping out of reach: Cards, wrapping paper and ribbons can all cause real problems if eaten by pets. Keep present out of reach too, especially chocolate.

6. Beware of poisonous plants: Unfortunately, many of the plants that appear at Christmas are toxic to pets – including Holly berries, mistletoe and poinsettias

7. Turkey bones: Keep your pets out of the kitchen at Christmas. Cooked turkey bones are as dangerous as chicken bones

8. Christmas lights: Chewed cables are a recipe for disaster.

9. Keep them calm: If you’re having party, make sure your pets can escape to a quiet part of the house.

10. Be ready: Check your vet’s Christmas opening hours and keep the surgery telephone number by the phone just in case.

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