a festive time for your pet Written by Sam Wilson, November 21st, 2016 The holidays are a festive time for us and our pets. With so much happening in the home at this time of year it is easy to overlook potential pet hazards that could hurt our four-legged friends. We will cover the top items which pose a risk to your pet, and help you protect your furry family member this holiday season. Holiday Lighting and Candles – keep candles in out of reach spots so your pet can not access them to burn themselves or accidentally knock them over. If your pet likes to chew, be sure to check your lights for signs of fraying, and use a grounded extension cord as a safety precaution. Ornaments, Ribbon & Tinsel –Your pet can choke on decorations, which could end fatally, it is very important to keep ALL decorations out of reach. Decorations are not snacks… but your pet does not realise that. Tinsel is very attractive to your cat in particular, it is shiny, moves, it’s dangly and it looks somewhat alive to our watchful pets. The issue with tinsel is once your pet consumes it, it twists inside the intestines, requiring immediate specialist veterinary care. Place those which are delicate or treasured ornaments, the tempting play things that they are, especially high in the tree and secure them tightly, better yet choose ornaments which do not shatter. Avoid creating fashions on your pet with decorations, or ribbon on collars that could end up a choking hazard. Food – Your Christmas lunch is not your pet’s lunch. Items that look harmless on our plate are not so innocent in our pets’ bowl. No cooked bones, fat trimmings, chocolate, nuts or onions! Although it might seem natural to give a dog a bone, it is very dangerous, as it can be a choking hazard, and even splinter and cause an obstruction or laceration in your dog’s digestive system. Don’t let your pet indulge, stick to their regular routine. Your pet does need to over eat or have extra treats just because it is Christmas. Speak to your Just For Pets store to help select a gourmet Christmas lunch for your fur child and remember we stock a huge range of Christmas treats too, all safe for your pet! Toxic Plants – Lilies, poinsettia, aloe vera, pine tree needles, mistletoe are innocuous in appearance, yet dangerously poisonous to our pets. These plants are liable to cause mouth irritation, vomiting, diarrhoea, lethargy, trembling, depression, difficulty breathing, collapse, hallucinations and possibly death when ingested. Falling Trees – Timberrrr! Secure your tree in your home to avoid trees falling down. Cats love to climb up through the branches and dogs love to wag their powerful tails and run around below, leading to quite a Christmas hazard! If you would like more information on keeping your pets safe during the festive season, speak to your local Just For Pets store.