Christmas is a time for relaxing, giving and,most of all, spending time with your family.
As your pets are an extremely important part of your family, it is more than likely that you will want to include them in these plans, and keep them close to you this festive season.
However, as there will be a few exciting activities occurring in your house over the holidays, it is important that you keep your home as safe as possible for your furry friends to ensure there are no accidents.
Whether this is your first Christmas with your pet, or you’re both seasoned celebrators, it’s always useful to have a few pointers to make sure your home is pet-friendly this year. Read on to find out how.
Christmas trees are a tradition in households up and down the country, so there’s a great chance you will be preparing to put one up in your home.
However, it is important that you have a pet-safe Christmas tree if you have dogs or cats around this year.
Not only are Christmas trees toxic to pets, whether they are artificial or real, but they are also easily knocked over or climbed on by more curious creatures.
Making sure that your pets are always supervised when they are around the Christmas tree, and that they can’t get to the tree when you are not home, will ensure that no munching can occur when your back is turned.
It is also a good idea to weigh the tree down or place a pet gate around the base of it. This will make sure that no climbing can be done, and if a pet somehow does get up into the branches, the weight at the base will prevent the tree from tipping and breaking.
There are also pet-safe Christmas trees available on the market, which you can purchase for extra peace of mind.
These calendars are a tasty treat for humans and can make counting down the days until Christmas a much more exciting experience.
But the chocolate in advent calendars are one of the most dangerous foods for dogs and cats, and if consumed can have a terrible effect on your pet’s health.
Therefore, to ensure that you don’t have to experience first-hand what happens if a cat eats chocolate, or risk serious poisoning in your dog, ensure that all Christmas chocolate is out of reach of animals.
To keep your pets happy and involved in the Christmas cheer consider, making them their own pet safe Christmas treatsinstead!
Beware of items freezing
Pets may have thick furry coats that will keep them nice and warm over winter, but this does not mean that the chill can’t affect them in other ways.
Ensure no food or water supplies freeze over on particularly cold days, as this can risk your pet’s health.
It is also extremely important to make sure that your pet flaps don’t freeze closed over the winter monthsso that your furry family members can still getout to do their business, or stretch their legs.
As well as this, it will make sure that they are never stuck outside in the cold if they want to get back in and warm up, which will reduce the risk of hypothermia.
It is a good idea to getpet insurance for your dog or cat which will also give you peace of mind, and ensure that your bank account doesn’t take a hit if any mishaps do occur this year.
Keep them warm
One of the simplest steps towards a kitten or puppy-proof house this winter is to ensure that it isn’t too cold.
While you may remember to keep your bed warm at night, it is important not to forget that your pet needs to be kept comfortable too.
Make sure that the room they sleep in is not too cold at night, by leaving the heating on low or using draught excluders. If the room is prone to becoming extremely chilly in the colder months, it may even be worth moving their bed to a warmer part of your home untilthe weather warms up.
Along with this, ensuring that they have a nice, comfortable bed with plenty of pet blankets will make an incredible amount of difference in how cosy your furry friend is this winter.
There you have it, a few quick and easy steps to keep yourpet safe and happy over the festive months. Following these steps will ensure that you both have a wonderful, worry-free Christmas!