But Squiggles and my furry friends also like to be safe over Christmas as these big humans decorate the place with all sorts of glittery and electrical decorations. There’s also lots of food, drink and merriment to be had so here’s my quick guide to keep us all safe over the holidays.
1. Christmas Trees 🎄
These Christmas Trees are really fun, bright and full of lots of sparkly, dangly and interesting things…why wouldn’t us pets like them? But be careful as we will sniff out anything we can eat. So make sure you don’t use any edible decorations or we will gobble them up!
2. Gate Guard 💂🏼
Maybe even put a guard round the tree? My human friends sometimes put a mini fence round the tree and that stops Squiggles from munching on the wires.
3. Leftovers / Bones 🍖
There’s always LOTS of leftovers as my human friends have this competition where they try to eat as much as possible in one day. They then fall asleep in the evening. Make sure you don’t feed us the turkey bones as we can get splinters in our throats and they hurt.
4. Escaping Christmas 🚪
At Christmas there are loads of unfamiliar faces and they can freak us out. If you leave a window or door open we might make a run for it so make sure these are closed.
5. Baby it’s Cold Outside☃️
It’s cold out there! Make sure if you are walking your dog or letting your pets outside that their paws don’t get frostbite. Check the weather regularly and don’t get caught in a snowstorm.
6. Festive Safe Rooms😺
Even though I love Wizzard’s ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday’ sometimes the humans turn up the music and we can get stressed. There does seem to be an awful lot of unexpected noise over the holiday festivities so a good idea is to have a safe room for your pets with water, play toys and a bed in there. It’s way less stressful.
7. Bright Lights💡
Watch out for those wires! You humans LOVE putting up Christmas lights and we LOVE chewing on them. To prevent any electrocution and to save you money then make sure they are well hidden or really well placed and secure.
8. Give Us A Kiss💋
Mistletoe Mayhem! So I really like getting kisses at Christmas but mistletoe and holly can be toxic for us pets and cause gastrointestinal irritation. So make sure we’re not able to reach it.
As much as I like the look of a Chocolate Orange or a Selection pack humans should be careful with all the chocolate lying around at Christmas. My doggie friends especially like to eat it but chocolate contains Theobromine which they can’t get rid of and it causes problems.
10. Pet Pressies🎁
Give us pet friendly presents! Involve us too and choose pet-specific food treats or toys so we are occupied by those festive gifts. We can enjoy the holidays with you and everyone can be Merry!