Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! Everything is joy and good wishes at this time of the year in which we celebrate friendship and love. We look for moments for the encounter with our best friends, with our dearest relatives, and, in short, with all those people who are part of our life.
These celebrations are meetings where we use everything that helps us create a “Christmas” atmosphere. It is precisely these new elements that usually alter the routines of the home affecting our pet and can pose risks, sometimes even serious. But let’s not be alarmed, let’s see first what they are and how to prevent them.
DOGS ARE VERY CURIOUS AND WILL WANT TO CHECK EVERYTHING THAT APPEARS AS NEW, INCLUDING DECORATIVE ELEMENTS AND GIFTS.
What can we do to make our Christmas safe for our pets?
Dogs are very curious and will want to review everything that appears as new, including decorative elements, gifts, and new processed foods.
Christmas meals are a delicious delicacy for us and a possible problem for our pets since their metabolisms are prepared to digest certain nutrients.
It is our responsibility to notify guests that we do not want them to share food with our dogs and cats. A good idea is to have special sweets for animals that we can distribute and use during the celebration.
The main risk foods are:
- Cooked bones and spines that can splinter.
- The meat and bones of lamb, for its fatty content.
- Sausages, due to their high salt content.
- Chocolates, toxic because they contain theobromine.
- Grapes, raisins, onion, garlic, and leeks, common in cooked, which are toxic.
- Shellfish shell as it contains chitin that is not digestible.
An adequate selection of plants and their location will help us avoid accidents.
- The white fruits of the mistletoe, the red fruits of the holly and the red leaves of the poinsettia ( Poinsettia ) are toxic to our pets. Try to avoid these three plants; use artificial plants or place them out of reach of the animal.
- The Christmas tree will be attractive to climb it, play with its branches, scratch the earth and even urinate in the pot. The risk is that the tree will lie down and harm your pet. Find a good solid base and attach it to the wall. Cover the base with aluminum foil and sprinkle the tree with citronella, you will get a pleasant smell for humans but that your dog will reject. This will also prevent your dog from eating the sharp leaves of the tree that could cause some intestinal perforation.
It is very important to use proper decoration, both in the tree and in the rest of the house, to ensure that our furry ones are not at risk.
- The blinking lights are very striking and we should avoid them if our pet becomes obsessed with them.
- Hide the wires and plugs of the lights, and disconnect them when you leave the animal alone at home.
- Place ornaments that do not hang too much, are not edible, do not break easily, are not sharp and place them in the highest parts.
The gifts, with bows and colors, will not go unnoticed by your pet, who will not be able to avoid his curiosity and will try to disassemble them to discover his interior. In addition to spoiling your surprise, you can ingest parts or cause injuries. Try to locate them out of reach.
The end of the year celebration can be considered the main winter festival, as is San Juan in summer. With the noise, the music, the guests, possible fireworks, we forget that our dog is more sensitive than us in the face of all this and that he can feel fear and suffer stress. It will be best to provide a safe area as an isolated refuge from fuss and visits. A place where you have your bed, a meal that can be special, your usual toys and where you can be calm and isolated, without being disturbed.
If you plan to enjoy the Christmas holidays traveling with your pet, do not forget the advice on the prevention of cold in dogs and the convenience of conducting the periodic review prescribed by your veterinarian to maintain deworming, internal and external.