Barbara:

This is another one of my posts from last year which I feel compelled to re-blog as Christmas is almost upon us.
Think very carefully about buying a pet at this time of the year.

I hope my newer readers find this post useful; those who have been following me for a while will have seen it before, but it’s always good refresh our memory!

Originally posted on Passionate about Pets:

Are you thinking of getting or giving a pet as a Christmas gift this year?

A sweet little puppy, a cute kitten or a fluffy rabbit can melt our heart in an instant, and it’s hard to resist that little bundle of fun!
But – have you thought it through? Our emotions tend to get the better of us where baby animals are concerned.
Put your emotions to one side and think logically, because in some cases, this may not be the best time to bring a new pet into your home.

So keeping in mind that the welfare of the animal is the most important thing,  here are five reasons NOT to buy a pet at this time of the year

1.       A New Pet Will Feel Insecure in a Noisy/Busy Environment

Christmas is a very busy time for most families whether they have children or not.  Everyone is…

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Barbara:

As Christmas is almost upon us, I’m re-blogging one of my own posts from last year as a reminder about keeping our pets safe during the festive season.

I hope my newer readers find this post useful; those who have been following me for a while will have seen it before, but it’s always good refresh our memory!

Originally posted on Passionate about Pets:

My post yesterday was about not buying a pet as a gift at this particular time of year – and the reasons why.  

However, what about those of us who already have pets in our homes?

There are a few things we need to watch out for at this time of year, to keep our four legged member of the family out of harm’s way.

I know, I know, I can hear you say “Here she goes again” – but I wouldn’t be a caring pet owner if I didn’t take the time to bring these things to your attention, would I?  Besides, we all need reminders from time to time!

Here are some of the dangers to be aware of with an accompanying solution for each one:-

1.       Wrapping Paper, Ribbons, Bows, Empty Boxes

Christmas as a great time for kids; as they unwrap their presents one by…

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Merry Christmas!

Before we all get too busy with the demands of the season, Poppy wants to

thank all of her mom’s readers for their wonderful comments and friendship

 over the past year,and to wish you all 

 

a very Happy and Safe Christmas!

From Poppy & her Little Elf

Poppy apologizes for not smiling; she wasn’t too happy when mom put the Santa hat on her and pinched

her little elf  to cuddle up to her!

Her little elf is hiding his face under the pompom because he’s a bit shy!

Pet Safety at ChristmasTime

My post yesterday was about not buying a pet as a gift at this particular time of year – and the reasons why.  

However, what about those of us who already have pets in our homes?

There are a few things we need to watch out for at this time of year, to keep our four legged member of the family out of harm’s way.

I know, I know, I can hear you say “Here she goes again” – but I wouldn’t be a caring pet owner if I didn’t take the time to bring these things to your attention, would I?  Besides, we all need reminders from time to time!

Here are some of the dangers to be aware of with an accompanying solution for each one:-

1.       Wrapping Paper, Ribbons, Bows, Empty Boxes

Christmas as a great time for kids; as they unwrap their presents one by one, all the wrapping paper, ribbons and bows, empty boxes, etc., get strewn all over the floor.  Cats and dogs are inquisitive by nature – and there is the danger – because they could start to chew at some of that stuff. Puppies and kittens are particularly are at risk because they are extra curious and inquisitive, especially if this is their first Christmas.  Your pet could very easily choke, and may even require emergency medical attention from a vet, and besides being traumatic for your pet, it could be very costly for you – vets don’t come cheap.

Solution: Take the precaution of keeping your pets out of the way (perhaps in another room whilst all the unwrapping is being done).  He can come out and join in all the family fun once all the paper and bits and pieces have been removed.

2.       Christmas Tree

You may have a large dog or one who is a bit boisterous, so there is the danger of him knocking over the tree in his excitement, and this could have serious consequences, especially if there are electric lights on the tree.  If your cat decided to run up the tree, his weight could pull it down, breaking some of the glass baubles in the process.

Solution
:  Placing the tree in the corner of a room and securing it so it cannot be knocked over is a good idea.

3.       Christmas Tree Lights and Baubles

The fairy lights and fancy glass baubles we hang on the tree look very pretty, but if broken, it would be disastrous if your pet started chewing on them.  He could cut his mouth or worse still, if a broken piece was swallowed, it could mean another trip to the vet.

Solution
:  Place something in front of the decorated tree so your pet can’t get near it.
4.       Electric Cords

Electric cords pose a particular danger to pets, especially if they are chewed.

Solution
:
Keep them out of the way or cover them with a rug so no-one trips over them.

5.       Chocolate

Chocolate contains theobromine, which is toxic to animals, even just a small piece. You are not doing your pet any favours by giving them what you consider to be a “treat”.  Dogs love chocolate, but it could make him very sick.  Other sweets may not be toxic, but still shouldn’t be given to him.

Solution: Keep chocolate out of reach of your pets and keep them on their regular diet to avoid any digestive upsets.

If you are aware of these possible dangers facing your pet at Christmastime, and you take the necessary precautions to avoid them by following the solutions given, then everyone in the family (including your pet), will have a safe and happy Christmas!