Keep your pet happy and healthy this Christmas

The festive season is well underway and we’ve got a stocking full of tips to make sure Christmas is the cracker you and your furry friend dream of.

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    The Munchies

    Keep an eye on what your pet is indulging in, as some of it can be dangerous.


    • Be wary of advent calendars and wrapped presents
    • Contains a stimulant called theobromine that is poisonous to dogs
    • Symptoms: vomiting, diarrhoea, restlessness, hyperactivity, rapid breathing, muscle tension, incoordination, increased heart rate, seizures
    • Seek urgent medical advice

    Raisins and grapes

    • Watch out for Christmas puddings and mince pies
    • In some dogs can cause serious kidney damage. Pets that already have certain health problems may have an even more serious reaction
    • Seek medical advice if your dog has ingested any and is reacting badly

    If you have visitors for the holiday, ensure they are briefed on exactly how many pigs in blankets should be slipped beneath the table to Buster (i.e. none!).

    The foods we treat ourselves to during the festive season are meant for humans – though it’s tempting to share them with our pets, many of these foods cause upset tummies and other more serious side effects.

    Away for the Holidays

    Forward planning takes the stress out of road trips.

    • If you’ve got time to prepare for a long car trip, build up the process gradually. Hang out in the car and then move on to short journeys
    • Create a homely environment using favourite blankets and toys
    • Keep pets secure using harnesses or crates
    • Speak to your vet about using pheromone products, such as Adaptil or Feliway
    • For travel sickness, avoid feeding your pet for a couple of hours before travelling
    • Anti-anxiety and anti-sickness drugs can be prescribed – talk to your vet for more advice

    Settling In

    Wherever you are, you can make a ‘home away from home‘ for your pet.

    illustration of a cat and dog sleeping

    • Keep the routines you have at home as much as possible
    • Provide toys to keep your pet distracted
    • Playing soft music or having the radio on can soothe them
    • Isolate a ‘quiet space’ – a crate or den for dogs, or a high bed for cats

    Poorly Pets

    Relax, knowing help is there if you need it.

    A risk-free Christmas risks for pets

    Everything you need in one place

    If you take only one piece of advice from us, it’s this: download the PawSquad app now. If you’re away for the holidays, or your usual practice is closed, the app ensures you have a ‘vet in your pocket’ for the whole of the festive period.

    Should something be off with your pet, have a quick video call or chat message (on your phone or computer) with our experienced UK vets who will be able to assess and give advice on what to do. A call or chat is just £15. You can read more about the service here.

    So whatever Christmas tries to throw at you this season, you can sit back knowing you are armed with all the tools to keep that pampered pooch of yours in the manner to which he or she is accustomed.


    By | 2018-11-26T12:26:33+00:00 December 6th, 2017|Cats, Dogs, Keeping my pet healthy|