Now that your tree is up and you are almost finished with wrapping those Christmas presents, we have a few more tips to ensure that Fido and Fluffy enjoy the rest of the festive season.
Festive Food – Yummy!
Enjoying festive food and drink is an important part of our celebrations but some of our seasonal favourite foods can be harmful to pets so extra caution is required:
• Chocolate, onions, grapes and raisins can all be toxic to dogs so be careful what leftovers you give them as this could lead to renal failure and pancreatitis.
• Don’t feed cooked meat bones as these may splinter and cause injury to your pet’s digestive tract.
• It goes without saying that you should never give your pets alcohol.
Watch Out For Those Festive Fireworks
Your pet’s peaceful routine is likely to be shattered by the whizzes, bangs and screams of fireworks – especially on New Year’s Eve. Here are some steps that can be taken to minimise your pet’s levels of stress:
• Keep your dogs and cats inside when fireworks are being let off
• Try to stay at home with your cats and dogs so they are not alone and afraid.
• Exercise your dog during the day and ensure they are wearing a collar at all times.
• Keep the radio or television turned on to help minimise the impact on noises outside.
• Ignore fearful behaviour as soothing can give animals the impression something is wrong. Instead let your pet find their own safe place to hide, this could be under the bed, behind the sofa or in their bed.
• Keep your dog or cat distracted by letting them tuck into a large knuckle bone or play with a cat nip toy.
We are a nation of dog lovers but the over indulgence of some pets is causing our pooches to pile on the pounds.A combination of being over generous with treats and being too lazy to exercise our dogs are some of the reasons giving in the annual PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW). The report also shows a “shocking” rise in dog aggression fuelled by a “cocktail of boredom, lack of training and socialisation and worryingly low levels of regular exercise”.
Among the other findings of the report are:
•1.5 million dogs are not properly “socialised” as puppies – which involves exposing them to everyday sights and sounds before 12 weeks of age.
•62% of pet owners have been concerned or frightened by another dog’s behaviour
•30% of pet owners report they have been bitten or attacked by a dog
•Over half of veterinary professionals report an increase in levels of dog on dog attacks
•Owners over 55 are least likely to seek vet advice regarding their pet’s diet.
•Just 66% of dog owners are aware that microchipping will soon be compulsory in England and Wales
•Five million pet owners did no research at all before taking on their pet with many largely unaware of the specific needs of their chosen pet
•25% of pet owners would consider getting a puppy from a puppy farm where there welfare needs are unlikely to have been properly met
•86% of pet owners believe online sales of pets should be regulated.
The PDSA are encouraging pet owners to take part in its Big Pet Survey and hopes this will give them a bigger insight into the well being of the nation’s pets.
If you are concerned about your pets weigh or need some advice on nutrition and weight management contact your local easipetcare main centre and you can get a free health check and advice from one of our lovely veterinary nurses.
As Christmas gets closer, so does the list of presents for Santa to bring which may include a new four legged furry friend. Having a pet can bring great benefits to the whole family and amongst many things can teach children responsibility and compassion. However it is a big commitment and to help you decide whether or not this will suit your family the Blue Cross put together a few tips.
With our neutering offer on at the easipetcare main centres during Christmas Eve and New Year Eve, you might also want to know what the benefits are to neutering your cat:
Control of nuisance: Un-neutered male cats are likely to stray over a large area, will mark their territory with a very pungent spray and are much more likely to fight – with attendant noise nuisance.
Health issues: Fighting males are much more likely to spread diseases such as FIV and FeLV to other cats. They are also likely to suffer from fight injuries such as abscesses. Because they wander over a large area they are also at greater risk of suffering road traffic accidents.
Pet issues: Un-neutered male cats will wander from home and may not return. They may also spray inside the home and may be aggressive to their owners. Therefore it is desirable to neuter kittens early enough to ensure that the above problems are prevented. Most people do not want to live with an unneutered male cat.
Population control: Obviously male cats do not have kittens themselves and it only takes one male in an area to make lots of female cats pregnant, so neutering a female cat makes a great deal more difference to limiting numbers, but it all helps!
At easipetcare we love Christmas; decorating the tree, buying presents, planning our festive menus and travelling to see friends and family.
We’re here to help you look after your pet all year, but at Christmas time it’s important that your precious pet is included in your festive planning so here’s some tips to ensure that Fido and Fluffy will have a very merry time too.
Tree’s are a dogs best friend!
While our doggies love nothing better than a tree when out on their walk, a decorated Christmas Tree can be dangerous for pets. The decorations may look like a toy to your pet but if they break or are swallowed, it won’t be a very happy Christmas
• Choose decorations that aren’t made of glass and don’t hang them on the lower branches where your pets could reach them
• Some real trees carry moulds that can cause allergic reactions in dogs, so keep an eye out for any respiratory problems as this could be the cause
• Some dogs will try and drink the water in the base of a real tree which could make them ill so best to keep it covered up
• The same applies to tinsel, garlands and lights which are attractive to dogs so please keep them out of reach. The extra wires you’ll have for the Christmas lights need to be safely covered too as an inquisitive dog could give them a nibble
• Festive plants such as holly, poinsettias and mistletoe are toxic to pets too
Should you find your pet has any unexplained symptoms then please do call a vet for advice.
Celebrate with a cuddle..and present!
Having lots of family and friends means your pets will be getting extra cuddles but to make them feel really special buying them a gift will ensure they can join in the excitement on Christmas morning.
There are so many presents to choose from and our friends at The Pet Hut have some fabulous festive gifts at affordable prices. You’ll find The Pet Hut stores throughout the UK and you canclick here to find your nearest one.
Look out for Part 2 of our Christmas Tips for your pets.
Dog lover, German photographer Julia Christie, has put together a collection of her favourite canine furry friends captured mid-air for project called Freestyle. After being asked to shoot for an animal pharmaceutical product the images feature more than 100 dogs posing mid -air for the camera before landing safely on a mattress. See some of their best ‘vogue’ mid-air poses here.
A recent study by Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA) suggests a substantial increase in number of overweight animals in the last five years.
Although pet owners’ awareness of pet obesity has increased by 30% since 2009, this is not leading to actions to prevent prevent pet obesity. Most vets believe that pet obesity is still on the rise and they estimate that up to 45% of all pets they treat are overweight or obese*
Obese or over-weight pets can suffer from numerous related health problems such as diabetes, arthritis, heart disease and respiratory diseases.