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Christmas dos and don'ts - be sure to keep pets safe!


It’s that time of year again when we start to think about getting out the Christmas decorations, putting up the tree and of course buying presents for our friends and loved ones. But what about our pets? Christmas is a great time to include them in your celebrations, remind them (and you!) how important they are to you and treat them to a little something special. But what to buy our animal companions? We have some great ideas to get you started, and perhaps more importantly, advice on keeping them safe over the festive period.

Keep your pet safe over Christmas

At Christmas it’s easy to get carried away, but remember you are responsible for your pet’s welfare – and we therefore have some handy hints and tips to help you to keep them safe as you are enjoying the festivities.


  • Provide your pet with a quiet, safe place to hide away should the festivities get too much for them.
  • Ensure that your pets (especially young puppies) cannot reach wires to lights that could be chewed through, or pulled on, toppling your tree
  • Ensure that any choking hazards such as baubles and tinsel are out of the way of your curious pets. Tinsel can potentially block your pets’ intestines and may need to be surgically removed.
  • Remember to tidy away any bits of wrapping paper, ribbons and bows to avoid them being swallowed by your pets.
  • Avoid real holly, mistletoe, and poinsettia plants which are poisonous to dogs and cats, or keep them well out of reach.
  • Keep all those Christmas chocolates in tightly sealed tins or out of reach!


  • Be tempted to give your dogs chocolate – it contains theobromine which can be poisonous and potentially life threatening if eaten by your dog.
  • Give dogs the bones from your roast dinners, not only are they a choking hazard but can cause upset stomachs and diarrhoea.
  • Leave batteries from toys etc lying around – they are toxic and easily swallowed.
  • Have a real tree unless the area can be kept completely clear and free of loose pine needles – they can puncture the pads of your pets’ paws as well as their intestines if ingested!
  • Leave lighted candles unsupervised, it is all too easy for a wagging tail to get caught in the flame, as well as the danger of pets knocking over the candle and causing a fire!
  • Worry too much about Christmas! We want you to have fun, just keep those pets safe at the same time!

If your pet becomes unwell over the Christmas period, remember our Cheadle Hulme A&E veterinary hospital can be contacted 24/7 on 0161 486 2355.

Top Christmas present ideas for your pet

  • Christmas stockings – usually full of safe, tasty treats and toys for your pets to enjoy on Christmas morning. We have a range available to buy at each of our branches.
  • Water fountain – cats love to drink their fresh water from this continuously trickling stream, just like they would in the wild!
  • Beds – big comfy padded cushions or elevated cat cocoons, there’s sure to be something to suit your pet and budget.
  • Toys – perhaps a new ball (not too small) or tug toy for your dog, or tickling stick for your cat?
  • Tasty treats – we can advise you on treats that not only will your pet enjoy, but also help with dental care.
  • Smart new collars and leads – choose reflective ones to help your pets be seen at night, and bells for cats to warn our wild birds of their presence!
  • Pet Insurance – if your pet isn’t already insured why not think about taking out a lifetime insurance policy? You’ll be ensuring that they receive the best of care should they fall ill without having to worry about the associated expense. (Please be wary of changing insurance companies if your pet is already insured as any pre-existing medical conditions may well be excluded. See our Insurance page for more information.)
  • Vaccinations – we understand that vaccinations can be forgotten over time, however they are essential in preventing some serious unwanted diseases. Why not use Christmas as the ideal time to vaccinate your pet, and at the same time as part of our Petclub, you’ll receive a wealth of discounts and freebies, including a free dog lead and microchip– now there’s a gift to help keep your pet safe!

This is just a sample of the huge range of ideas and presents that you can get for your pet. What will you be buying yours this year? Tell us on our Facebook Page!

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