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Have you pet proofed your festive season?

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The festive season is full of an array of sparkly items and delicious food - a real temptation for your pet!

Make sure your festive season is pet proofed to avoid any accidents or more serious incidents.

Remember to check your surgery opening hours and where you can see a vet in an emergency outside of these times.



Although loud noises can alarm cats they are not thought to suffer from sound sensitivities as dogs do. The bigger problem for cats is the changes to their environment or routine when they are outside less than normal.


Sound sensitivities, including fireworks, are very common in dogs and reactions range from mild to extreme. While a certain degree of fear is normal to keep dogs from danger, it becomes distressing for both you and your dog if this fear is extreme.

Click here to see our tips on how to help your cat or dog cope with fireworks.

Festive decorations

  • Keep baubles, tinsel and gift wrap out of reach as if they are ingested they can result in intestinal issues. 
  • Make sure your pet can escape the excitement of a festive event and retreat to their bed in a quiet area. 
  • Ensure there is a fire guard in front of the fire. 
  • Clean up fallen Christmas tree needles so that they don’t get stuck in paws. 
  • Although most species of Christmas tree are low in toxicity, they could cause a stomach upset if chewed. Holly, poinsettas and mistletoe are also toxic if eaten so it is best to keep them out of harm's way. 
  • Any Christmas presents for your pet should be bought from a reputable source. 
  • Be sure to keep fairy lights away from all pets, especially small furries who like to chew. Chewing through cables can end up in a nasty electric shock!


Winter Watch Outs

Antifreeze, grit, snow are just some of the things we need to be careful of during the chilly months.

Despite their fur, cats, dogs and small furries can feel the cold just the same as humans do, and freezing temperatures can create problems if you’re not prepared for winter.

Click here to see our handy tips on how to make sure your pet is happy and healthy during the winter.

Festive foods

Chocolate, macadamia nuts, raisins, onions, grapes, sultanas and raisins and alcohol are all poisonous to animals (so keep that Christmas pudding out of reach!).

  • Remember small bones can splinter off and get stuck in your pet’s intestines so never allow your pet to chew on them. 
  • Of course we all want to treat our pets at this time of year but remember to be a little careful as general over-indulgence in unfamiliar foods or fatty gravies can cause gastroenteritis.