Have Merry Christmas and Happy New Year on Us
Vets report an increase in pet emergencies over the Christmas and New Year. These are avoidable emergencies just by having the right information, so we are Doggie Dates NSW are here to help. We think the two most common emergencies come from the following:
- From our experience many more pets escape and go missing over this holiday period. Stressful situations such as the increase in stormy weather at this time of the year, unfamiliar visitors, loud celebrations going on and fireworks may cause your pets to try to escape to get way from the stress. Therefore, please ensure fences and gates are secure and plan ahead, for example, have someone babysit your furbaby if you know you are planning an event that will put your pets under stress.
- Ensure your pet’s microchip is up to date and your pet is wearing a collar with identification clearly visible. This part is law if your dog is outside of the house premises but it’s also a good idea to put the collar on even when home at this time of the year.
- There are many foods that are dangerous for dogs to eat so please keep these away from your pets. Cooked bones are a big no no as they splinter and don’t digest. Avocados are seasonal atm but the seed looks like a ball and can choke a pet if swallowed. The pet rawhide gift packs are widely known to be dangerous for pets to eat so beware of those. Here is a link with a list of dangerous foods for pets.
- If you are having visitors over please make sure they are also aware of dangerous foods for pets.
We admit we don’t know everything so we always seek more expert information to share. Here is one link that provides easy to read information under the various categories:
- Decor and Decorations
- Food and Cooking
- Presents and Gifting
- Gatherings and Parties
Proactive things to do before celebrations to keep your pet safe
- Exercise your pets before your guests arrive or before heading off to your event. They will hopefully be more settled and just sleep.
- Create a safe, quiet place for your pet. From experience a snug warm place away from windows is usually a quiet place for your pets to nap. Put on the TV, radio or some relaxing music. Ensure they have familiar smells around them such as a blanket or snuggly toy.
- Give them something to entertain them. Provide them long lasting treats or a dog puzzle games to keep them occupied. If your dog is known to have anxiety then talk to your vet. Vets can provide you with medication or products to help you pets stay calmer.
We hope you all have a safe enjoyable Christmas and New Year.