Here Comes Christmas – Keeping Pets Safe
As the decorations go up, Pet Insurance Australia has some top tips to keep your pets safe this Christmas.
“It’s getting to that time of year again,” Nadia Crighton from Pet Insurance Australia says. “As the Christmas trees go up, so does our pets’ chances of getting accidentally injured in all the celebrations.”
One of the biggest complaints during the seasonal period is foreign body ingestion – in other words, Fido finding the array of Christmas decorations or presents under the tree too irresistible.
“It’s not uncommon to hear of dogs getting into trouble after ingesting Christmas decorations and gifts,” Crighton says. “If you have a pet that is partial to playing with the baubles or tinsel, it’s a good idea to section off your Christmas tree or pop the decorations up higher and out of reach.”
Utilising baby gates around your Christmas tree can also prevent injuries.
“Cats can also be a little adventurous when it comes to the Christmas tree,” Crighton says. “Most will just play with the hanging ornaments, while others may attempt to climb the entire tree.”
If you are concerned that your cat may become injured, discouraging your cat from playing around the tree is recommended.
Many dogs also present to veterinary clinics with stomach complaints over the festive season.
“It’s imperative that pet owners remind their guests about the foods that are toxic to dogs and cats and keep these out of reach at all times,” Crighton warns. “If you cannot supervise your pet during celebrations, it’s best to pop them into a safe room away from any dangers.”
Common Problematic Christmas Foods
- Alcoholic beverages
- Macadamia Nuts
- Stone fruit pips
- Sweets containing Xylitol
- Corn cobs
- Chewing gum
- Dried vine fruits
- Cooked bones
- Fatty foods
“Skewers from the family BBQ can also wreak havoc on your pet during Christmas celebrations,” Crighton says. “Keeping these out of reach and also correctly disposed of in a rubbish bin with a secure lid is important.”
With Christmas fast approaching, Pet Insurance Australia urges pet lovers to be mindful of their pets and the impact the silly season can have on their health and well-being. Simple steps can prevent a celebration from turning into an emergency.