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Keeping your Pets Safe this Christmas with Vets Now

Keeping your Pets Safe this Christmas with Vets Now

As the owner of an array of pets, including a very inquisitive border collie! I know only too well how careful you have to be with the food that we give our pets, in order to keep them out of harm’s way. I know that my pooch would eat anything that I put under his nose, for that reason it’s up to me to make sure I give him only healthy food.



As in most homes, our dog is part of our family and we still want to treat him every once in a while. After all, it wouldn’t be Christmas without a few yummy treats to mark the season! The trouble with Christmas is that most of the treats we have are poisonous for our pets. The goodies we enjoy should never be given to our furry friends, in any quantity. Mince pies and chocolate are common treats at this time of year, but are highly toxic for our animals.

Did you know that Vets Now see a 33% increase in emergency calls during the festive season? Not only that, across Christmas day and Boxing day they see a whopping 788% increase in chocolate poisoning cases.

As shocking as these figures may seem, unfortunately the dangers that human food pose to pets aren’t as widely known about as they should be.

So, what foods should you never give your pet?

Some of the most dangerous foods for our pets are the ones that we have around the house on a daily basis. Foods that you should always avoid giving as treats are:

  • Chocolate.
  • Raisins.
  • Grapes.
  • Alcohol.
  • Garlic.
  • Onions.
  • Caffeine.
  • Blue cheese.

This list isn’t exhaustive though, for more information on what your furry friends shouldn’t be indulging in take a look HERE!

Do you know what to do in an emergency?

One of the most shocking figures provided by Vets Now, was that 48% of pet owners don’t feel prepared to deal with an emergency involving their pets. The faster you act when your pet is unwell, the more likely the chance of recovery.

Things to look out for –

  • Changes to your pets behaviour.
  • Sickness, diarrhoea and lethargy.
  • Pain, discomfort and any other visible signs of distress.

How to be prepared –

  • Keep the number of your local Vets Now out of hours clinic handy.
  • Don’t be afraid to call if you’re worried about your pets behaviour.
  • Don’t give unnecessary treats to your pets.
  • Make sure human goodies are out of reach!

Safe ways to treat your pets over the festive season –

There are so many ways you can treat your pet over the festive season, without putting them in harm’s way. There are specially made festive treats available to buy HERE, that your pet will love! Or you can make your own pet friendly festive treats with some of the great recipes found HERE!


Other festive hazards to be aware of –

Christmas is a fun and glitzy time for us all, but there are a few dangers to be aware of where our pets are concerned:

  • Tinsel – this can cause blockages if consumed.
  • Salt dough – if consumed, too much salt can be a danger.
  • Lillies, poinsettia, mistletoe and ivy – all very pretty but poisonous for our pets!
  • Candles – curious pets can get burnt if they get too close.
  • Fairy lights – we all know pets like to gnaw, so it’s important to keep wires out of their reach.
  • Snow globes – these can be especially dangerous if they are imported as they can contain anti-freeze. Anti-freeze can be fatal, even in very small amounts.

Here’s to a furry happy Christmas to you and your pets!


Photo Credit

*This post was written in collaboration with Vets Now.

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