Christmas day: pet safety timeline

What kinds of things do you need to consider to keep your pets safe on Christmas day? We’ve put together this ‘on the day’ guide to help you make it safe and enjoyable for everyone in the family.

8am: Opening presents

During the excitement of opening presents, don’t forget to keep an eye on your pets. Make sure they don’t pick up, chew or swallow anything that could cause them problems, such as:

  • Batteries
  • Toys not designed for pets
  • Wires or ribbons
  • Wrapping paper.

These could be a choking hazard, especially for dogs who explore the world with their mouths. Batteries could cause serious burns to a pet’s throat or stomach.

10am: Pet playtime

Bored pets can be tempted to get themselves into trouble by playing with shiny decorations or sniffing out toxic foods. This is a good time to take dogs out for a good run around or to play with your cat using feline-friendly toys.

12pm: Cooking Christmas dinner

Hot ovens and boiling pans make kitchens a dangerous place for your pet on any day of the year. With a big dinner on the go, it can be even more dangerous on Christmas day. Keep kitchen doors closed so your pet can’t get under your feet.

Are you having guests over to join the festivities? Suddenly having lots of strangers in your home can be stressful for pets. Make sure they have a quiet area to retreat to if they need to unwind. Ask guests not to disturb them if they have taken themselves away for some down time.

3pm: An after dinner nap

This is often the time of day when we put our feet up and take a quick snooze – especially after a big meal! Pets might take the opportunity to sniff out an extra treat. However, lots of the food we have in the house over Christmas is toxic for our pets. Onions, garlic, raisins and chocolate can all be really dangerous if they’re eaten by pets. Keep these well away from curious paws.

6pm: Visiting family and friends

Many of us will be on the road this evening, visiting friends and family. If your pet is coming along too, make sure they’re safe in the car. Pets that aren’t strapped in could be a distraction to the driver and could be really badly hurt if you’re in an accident. A pet seat belt or a secured pet carrier will help to keep everyone safe.

9pm: One last Christmas day treat

Lots of people will be treating themselves to a mince pie or little tipple at this time on Christmas day. You might want to give your pet something too, but make sure it’s pet-safe and you’re not over feeding them. Avoid giving them any leftover bones as cooked bones can splinter when they’re chewed, injuring your pet’s throat or stomach.

Here’s to a happy and healthy Christmas to all our much-loved pets!

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