Is your pet comfy with Christmas?

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Mulberry Lane Vet Hospital
294 Lords Place
NSW 2800

02 6360 3071

Yes, its the season to be jolly and Christmas is a wonderful time for humans,  but it can be confusing for our pets, as normal routines are changed, strange sparkly decorations appear and so do visitors! Its often so busy that it can be tricky to keep an eye on pets, but there a few simple things you can do to keep your pets safe and happy at Christmas time. 

Make sure that your pet has somewhere quiet to retreat to if the house is full and noisy. Crackers and fireworks can be terrifying, so keep pets secure and calm, and well away from unexpected noises. Cats and dogs are fascinated by twinkling lights and Christmas trees, so make sure that baubles and tinsel are kept well out of reach, and that any electric wires are well secured. Don’t put edible treats like candy canes low down on the Christmas tree if you have dogs around, and definitely no chocolates under the tree – chocolate is toxic to dogs, even in small amounts. Call the clinic if you think that your dog has been tucking into chocolate at any time of the year.

Human food is not suitable for pets, and our food scraps like ham , can be far too rich and fatty, or sometimes toxic to pets, causing upset tummies or even pancreatitis in dogs. Grapes, raisins and nuts are all toxic for dogs and the high salt content in chips, pretzels and snacks make them a hazard too. Lilies and poinsettias are poisonous to cats, so go carefully with Christmas flower arrangements. Cooked meat bones can splinter and stick in a pets throat, so enjoy turkey for your dinner - best not to share! Its good to keep your pets on their usual diet at Christmas time – they will appreciate the routine, and it’s a much safer option plus having the benefit of helping them maintain a healthy weight. 

Merry Christmas from all of us at Mulberry Lane - we hope that you,  and your pets , have a safe and joyful Christmas!

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