The GSPCA has provided guidance on how to make sure Christmas dinner leftovers, wrapping paper and decorations do not put pets at risk.
Every year, the animal charity receives reports of people "putting their pets at risk", and so Manager Steve Byrne has provided some guidelines to ensure that your festivities on the Big Day don’t pose any health concerns.
When it comes to Christmas lunch, islanders are reminded to keep pets away from alcohol, chocolate, coffee, salt, leftover and chicken or turkey bones, as they can splinter. Mouldy and spoiled foods should also be properly disposed of and kept well away from pets.
Mr Byrne also highlighted ways in which decorations could pose a concern.
“We all love a real Christmas tree, but fallen tree needles are very sharp and can easily get stuck in your pet’s paws or throat,” he said. “Sweep tree needles up regularly, or fence off your Christmas tree to separate your pet and tree.
“Tree decorations can cause a nasty accident and even be fatal to your pet. Cats, and young pets especially, will show a great interest in decorations hanging from your tree. Try to use unbreakable decorations, and nothing too small.”
Wrapping paper should be kept off of the floor to prevent animals from chewing or swallowing it.
As well as a pet’s physical health, the Christmas period can also come with concerns for an animals’ wellbeing. Loud noises such as Christmas crackers, party poppers, balloons and champagne bottles can all frighten pets, as well as flashing lights on decorations. The GSPCA stocks a number of products that are intended to reduce stress in pets.
“Most pet-related Christmas dangers are easily avoided and at the GSPCA we want everyone to have fun, and remember to be pet safe,” said Mr Byrne, adding that there are ways in which islanders can help the GSPCA, and the animals in their care, directly over the festive period.
“We do stop most rehoming over Christmas as we don’t want to promote pets being given as presents, but in the right homes we allow some of the animals in our care out in the right circumstances.
“Please do see the many details of the way you can support our work at our website, pop in, or call 257261.
“We want to wish all our supporters at the GSPCA a very Merry Christmas.”
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