Pets at Christmas and how to make sure they stay healthy!
Enjoy a happy Catmas and Dogmas
Christmas is a time when we tend to indulge, lots of gifts, get-togethers and good food. It’s a great time for pets too if we take care of their needs first and don’t get too carried away expecting them to enjoy the festivities just like us.
Not all good food is good for your Pet
Parties, picnics, Christmas feasts and other holiday happenings can certainly be good fun. But this can also be a time when pets are overfed with too many treats or fed the rich ‘leftovers’ from celebrations, which can be harmful to their digestion causing diarrhea and other health issues.
There are foods that are toxic for pets and you may find many of them on your shopping list at Christmas time, it’s good to be aware of what they are and ensure your pet is kept well away from them. Leg ham and pork are high in fat, preservatives and salt and are not good for your pet’s gut. If you do feed your pet pork it needs to be very well cooked. There are certain foods that very bad for your pets health and in some cases can be lethal, these are the things your pet should never consume:
• Alcoholic beverages
• Apple seeds
• Apricot pits
• Cherry pits
• Candy (particularly chocolate—which is toxic to dogs, cats, and ferrets—and any candy containing the toxic sweetener Xylitol)
• Coffee (grounds, beans, and chocolate-covered espresso beans)
• Gum (can cause blockages and sugar free gums may contain the toxic sweetener Xylitol)
• Hops (used in home beer brewing)
• Macadamia nuts
• Moldy foods
• Mushroom plants
• Mustard seeds
• Onions and onion powder
• Peach pits
• Potato leaves and stems (green parts)
• Rhubarb leaves
• Tea (because it contains caffeine)
• Tomato leaves and stems (green parts)
• Xylitol (artificial sweetener that is toxic to pets)
• Yeast dough
Presents for safe play
It’s fun to buy your pet a present to put under the tree at Christmas, but it’s also important you are very careful about what you buy. Cheaply made pet toys can be extremely hazardous. Pet toys need to be hard-wearing and made from non-toxic materials. A chew toy that can be chewed to bits is a choking hazard, so it’s best to spend a little more on good quality gifts that are proven to be safe for your animal to interact with.
Pets, just like people enjoy a special treats – especially at Christmas time. Applaws have a range of healthy and delicious pet treats that make excellent presents for the furry members of your family.
Parties, people and things that go Pop!
The holidays are a time for families and friends to get together. It’s important to remember that the coming and going of people in your home can be distressing for some animals. Loud music, lots of people and interruption to their routine can cause pets to behave differently (like hiding or relieving themselves in places you’d prefer they didn’t!). If you’re having a party and your pet isn’t used to a lot of people it might be best to keep them away from the crowd. Putting them in a room (with their bedding and a bowl of water) is a great way to keep them safe and reduce their stress.
Fireworks are common at this time of the year and many pets have a big problem with the popping and banging they produce. Dogs in particular can ‘bolt’ from fright and find themselves far from home, in danger and even more agitated. If you can find out when and if fireworks are happening near your home it’s best to put your pet in a safe place inside and sit it out with them so they feel safe and secure knowing you’re nearby.
🎅 Santapplaws Is coming to town! 🎅
This Christmas look out for the Applaws team who’ll be out and about in Sydney parks giving away toys and treats. There’s also a chance to donate to Pets in the Park, a charity dedicated to helping pets of the homeless get the nutrition and veterinary care they need.
Pets in the Park share a common goal with Applaws that every animal deserves proper care and good nutrition. So this December, help us get closer to our goal.