Common Christmas Disasters!
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There is always LOADS of advice about how to stop your pets getting into trouble over Christmas but they still do!
Here are some of the ways your dogs can have a disaster, or your cats a calamity!
**The dog with the surprising reach**
YOU might think that the turkey/Christmas cake/box of mince pies is out of Fido’s reach but he doesn’t! Even a medium sized dog can develop the neck and legs of a giraffe if they think there is a tasty treat in the offing! Protect them, and your Christmas dinner, by shutting all the food safely away in cupboards, containers or the oven!
**The nose, knows!**
The contents of our gifts might be a mystery to us but they aren’t to our pets! Their noses know EXACTLY what is in the beautifully wrapped parcels under the tree and they will have NO shame in helping themselves if they are edible!
So, if you are giving the gift of posh choccies the year, please let the recipient know (or drop hints that they need to be kept safe!), otherwise there could be a massive festive fail!
**Rabbit vs Christmas lights!**
House rabbits are great pets but they do have a habit of nibbling on things they shouldn’t! In the wild they will chew on branches and plants to keep paths around their burrows clear and this is exactly what they are doing in your home!
Usually rabbit owners are good at making sure things are well out their bun’s way but Christmas lights wires can get forgotten! And not only will this mean the tree won’t twinkle, it can lead to nasty electrical burns.
It isn’t just us that can find the festive period overwhelming! Some pets can really struggle with all the upheaval and extra visitors.
Cats who are feeling the strain may start to groom themselves bald or develop cystitis and wee in unusual places. And do take care with dogs who aren’t good with guests or used to small children.
The best approach is to make sure they have their own space and don’t have to be social if they don’t want to but if they start to show significant signs of stress, call your vets for advice.
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