Published: 02 December 2017

With wintery weather upon us and Christmas coming up, there are a number of changes to our environments that can mean danger for our pets, especially dogs which are out and about. The Blue Cross state that the top ten dangers to look out for are:

  • Swallowing tinsel or Christmas wrapping.
  • Eating Christmas chocolates – they can be poisonous to pets.
  • Chewing through fairy lights.
  • Eating or licking festive plants such as poinsettia and holly which can cause stomach problems and lilies and yew which can be fatal.
  • Eating human food; turkey bones can choke pets and a lot of Christmas treats are too rich for animals and can cause upset tummies. Grapes and raisins found in mince pies are also poisonous to dogs.
  • Crackers, party poppers and champagne corks which can spook animals and cause blockages if swallowed.
  • Pets licking up salt from the road or anti-freeze, both of which can be dangerous.
  • Freezing conditions which can leave pets with frostbite or hypothermia.
  • Pets falling into icy ponds.
  • Cats climbing into engines to escape from the cold and suffering burns.

We've a number of First Aid for Dogs courses coming up in the new year, so why not start 2018 learning an essential skill? Check out our course details and how to book.


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