Christmas is a time of fun and happiness and no one wants an emergency visit to the vet  

so here are a few tips:



Make sure all decorations are well out of reach. Puppies, in particular, are very curious and may want to play with or chew them.

Make sure the Christmas tree is well anchored and don’t be tempted to leave presents at the foot of the tree unattended.  If you have a young puppy you could choose to have a smaller tree on a table out of reach.

New toys are just as fascinating for dogs as well as children but dogs may chew them, so make sure they are put safely away. 

Remove wrapping and wires as well as toys and batteries. Pets may decide to chew them and could choke. Batteries can cause internal burns if chewed and eaten.

Make sure all the chocolates can’t be reached, even those still in their boxes or wrappers.  Even a small amount can be dangerous to dogs. We’ve known dogs who have opened the box, without damaging it, and munched their way through the contents.

Make sure houseplants are out of your pet’s reach, as many of them are poisonous. These include poinsettias and mistletoe.

If your pet is not used to many people around then make sure he has a quiet spot where he can be safe and feel secure.

If your visitors’ children are not used to dogs make sure they are supervised.

Visitors may not be used to closing doors behind them so be extra vigilant. If you have children or grandchildren you could ask them to make special notices to put on the doors you need to be kept closed.

Don’t leave the leftover turkey on the side while you are enjoying lunch.  Dogs develop long necks, so put it somewhere safe where your dog can’t reach it. He can easily choke on cooked turkey bones apart from being sick if he eats too much rich food.

Please don’t be tempted to give too many table scraps. Turkey and all the trimmings can lead to an upset stomach and maybe even an unexpected visit to the vet.  Raw carrots make a fun treat.

Don't forget to exercise your pet and remember those toilet breaks for him.