Christmas can be the busiest time of year, with trips planned, more outings than usual, and an influx of guests. This drastic change in routine can place a lot of stress on your pet – but these tips will help you keep your pet happy this Christmas season.
Keep a routine
Despite the hustle and bustle of Christmas, it is best if you try and stick to your pets’ usual routine as closely as possible. Aim to keep mealtimes similar to normal and walk dogs twice a day.
Protect presents and decorations
Presents under the tree can look especially tempting to our furry friends, leading them to unwrap, investigate and potentially ruin them. Consider keeping the presents out of sight until Christmas morning. Furthermore, Christmas tree needles can be mildly toxic to animals if consumed – regularly sweep the area beneath the tree to keep it as safe as possible.
Prepare for visitors
Christmas is a time where many experience an influx in visitors, and many pets can become nervous in the presence of guests. Make sure your pet has a room to retreat to that they feel safe and relaxed in. If they like familiar sounds, keep the TV or radio on. For any guests who may be keen to say hello to your pet, let them know that the pet is anxious and it may not be the best time.
Consider a pet sitter
Pet sitters can be an incredible help for pet owners who are exceptionally busy or away for Christmas. However, it is always a good idea to give your pet time to get used to the sitter beforehand. Invite the sitter to meet your pet a few times before you go away. Make sure the sitter is fully aware of your pets’ care routine and any special needs.
Beware of tempting Christmas food
Christmas is a time of delicious food and lots of it! However, many of the treats we like to enjoy can be toxic for our little friends. Read up on all the foods that are toxic to pets and make sure you keep the chocolates, mince pies and fruit cake out of reach. Chocolates, grapes and raisins are all popular snacks to leave out for guests, but also all toxic to dogs. If your pet ingests something accidentally, make sure to contact your vet immediately.
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