Bath Vets offer some expertise advice for making sure that your pets enjoy a happy Christmas

Sharing is not caring when it comes to your pets at Christmas, with many tasty festive delights on the naughty list for furry family members. Amidst all the mayhem in the kitchen, our pets can easily be ignored and so we thought we’d give you some great tips for the Christmas season. To make sure you and your furry friend have a merry Christmas we suggest these simple tips:

Toxic Treats
A number of festive treats, such as chocolate, grapes, sweets and liquorice, are toxic to cats and dogs. A traditional Christmas meal may contain turkey bones, onions and garlic in gravy or stuffing and raisins in Christmas pudding, all of which can be fatal if eaten by your pet.

Delightful decorations
Baubles, ribbons, wrapping paper, tinsel and tree lights can all prove irresistible to cats and dogs but can be very dangerous if broken, chewed or swallowed. Try to keep decorations and blu-tack out of reach of curious pets. Batteries for Christmas gifts also need to be kept away from pets. If ingested they may cause severe chemical burns to the mouth, throat and stomach.

Scrumptious foods
We all enjoy richer foods over Christmas but fatty foods and Christmas dinners shouldn’t be shared with our beloved furry pets. They can trigger indigestion, sickness and diarrhoea, and can worsen conditions from gastroenteritis to pancreatitis. Consider getting them a new toy or taking them for a long walk after dinner instead. These are healthy treats they’ll really enjoy.

Toys not treats
We all want our pets to share the fun and many of us include a gift for our pet on the shopping list. However, too many treats can lead to fat, unhappy animals, so consider opting for a new toy, extra cuddles or a long walk if you want to indulge your pet this Christmas.

Know where to go
Even with all the care in the world, animal accidents and emergencies can still happen. Bath Vets are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at Rosemary Lodge Veterinary Hospital. Just call 01225 832 521 and one of our receptionists will be happy to help.

From all at Bath Vets, we wish you a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!