To help you navigate the festive season we have put together a few tips to keep you and your pets happy and healthy.
- Festive Foods, what NOT to feed your Pet
- Holidaying with your Pet
- Coping with Fireworks
- Pets & hot weather
Festive Foods, what NOT to feed your Pet
- Don’t let your pet eat around your real Christmas tree, as ingesting pine needles can puncture your pet’s intestines, so be sure to clean around your holiday trees and wreaths regularly.
- Drinking the water from the Christmas tree base is enough to cause diarrhea, mouth sores, vomiting and loss of appetite. Cover your tree stand tightly with skirting & secure your tree so it cannot fall over.
- Christmas Ornaments pets, particularly cats can be very tempted to eat tinsel which can cause problems. Keep your tinsel high to avoid your pet from eating it and out of reach of mischievous pets, especially glass ornaments, tinsel and ribbons.
- Sorry no Christmas Ham as it is loaded with fat & way to high in sodium or the ham bone, as they can splinter and become stuck in their throats or cause perforation or obstruction of the bowel.
- No mince pies, Christmas pudding, stuffing, onions, grapes, raisins and sultanas can all be toxic to dogs, which can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, increased drinking and urination & of course NO Chocolate or Alcohol.
Holidaying with your pet
- Travelling in the car: if your pet gets car sick, nauseous or anxious see your vet for possible prescribe medication to help make them comfortable for the journey.
- Be tick aware, especially for rural and coastal visits. Effective tick prevention is available from your vet.
- Lost pets on holiday are a problem, make sure you have your dog on a leash and cats strictly inside only.
- Familiar environment: take your pet’s bedding, food and a toy or two.
Coping with Fireworks
- Prepare your house, give them a safe place to hide, take your dog out for exercise before the fireworks start, a tired dog will likely be less anxious during the night.
- Close the blinds to hide the firework flashes, turn on some lights, TV or music to mask fireworks sound. Keep them busy, give their favourite toy, pets can be uneasy, or even frantic so check they have plenty of water.
- Make sure your pet is microchipped & your contact details are current.
- Dogs who panic can choke themselves on a collar or lead, so never tether your dog during these times.
- Talk to your vet about the treatment options available for managing noise phobias.
Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe in Hot Weather
- Make sure your pet has lots of water & that the bowl is sitting in the shade.
- Fill a container with water, sprinkle dry food, then freeze, give to your pet on a hot day.
- Leave them with a wet towel to sit on.
- A child’s plastic seashell sand pit make a great pool for a dog. If you can bring your pet inside in air-conditioning is always best.
- If you have no shade or air-conditioning, you could look into day boarding at your local vets.- Especially Pugs, French bulldogs, Cavalier King Charles and other short nosed (brachycephalic breeds).
- Never leave pets unattended in a car.
- Wait till the night when it has cooled down to take your dog for a walk.If the ground is too hot for your bare feet, then it’s too hot for you’re pets paws too.
- If you have an aviary, you can purchase mist sprinklers for the top of your aviary to keep your birds cool on a hot day.
- Rabbits & guinea pigs do not sweat therefore cannot regular their body temperature. Heat affects them the most, best to keep them in aircon on hot days.
- Warning signs of heat stress include panting excessively, moving sluggishly, acting woozy, drooling, vomiting or losing consciousness. If you observe any of these signs, call your local veterinarian immediately.
Call your local Sydney Animal Hospital today!