With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it’s easy to forget that our pets can also get stressed and anxious. Family gatherings, home decorating and cooking delicious treats can also pose risks to our furry friends.
Here are some tips to ensure your pets stay safe and happy during this festive season.
Having the family over
A crowded house and unfamiliar guests can cause stress to both cats and dogs. Ensure your pets have a safe, quiet space where they can retreat from guests and loud noises. If your pet tends to be anxious, try staggering guest arrivals to avoid overwhelming them. It’s also best to talk with any kids (and the occasional adult) about pets needing their own space and not feeding them scraps.
Sharing Christmas leftovers
While including our pets in family occasions is nice, be careful not to feed your dog Christmas leftovers. Cooked and uncooked meat can lead to canine pancreatitis, and cooked bones can splinter and become a choking hazard. Avoid feeding your dog chocolate or Christmas pudding, as both have ingredients that are toxic to dogs. Additional festive foods your pet should avoid include: