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KEEPING OUR PETS SAFE AND HEALTHY AT CHRISTMAS

The festive season is upon us, and many of us will include our pets in these festivities. As you gear up for Christmas, it is important to your pet's wellbeing in mind. Help your pet have a healthy and happy Christmas by following these tips.

Food
Keep people food away from pets – if you want to share holiday treats with your pets, buy treats formulated just for them. Feeding your dog human foods can have dire consequences such as vomiting, diarrhoea, lethargy and in some cases chronic breathing difficulties. Other dangerous foods for dogs include grapes, mince pies, Christmas puddings, whole Brazil nuts, alcohol, onion, raw potato (green), turkey bones and high content cocoa chocolate.

Decorating
Christmas trees can tip over if pets climb on them or try to play with the lights and ornaments, ensure your tree is secure. Ornaments can cause hazards for pets, broken ornaments can cause injuries and ingested ornaments can cause intestinal blockage or even toxicity. Electric lights can cause burns when a curious pet chews the cords. Flowers and festive plants can be dangerous and even poisonous to pets who decide to eat them. Clean up wrapping paper quickly after presents have been opened.

Hosting parties and visitors
The sudden influx of visitors and noise of the festive season can upset pets; even pets that aren’t normally shy may become nervous. Try and keep to your pet’s routine as much as possible, including exercise and feeding times. Pets should have access to a comfortable, quiet place inside if they want to retreat. If your pet is particularly upset by house guests, talk to your veterinarian about possible solutions to this common problem.

Holiday travel
Pets in vehicles should always be safely restrained and should never be left alone in the car in any weather. Proper restraint means using a secure harness or a carrier. If you are leaving your pet with a pet sitter, ensure you utilise a trusted and reliable service and that your pet’s microchip and ID tag details are up-to-date in case they go missing while you are away.

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For all media enquiries please contact Craig Montgomery at AWLQ on 07 5509 9030/0424 382 727 or email communications@awlqld.com.au.

Download a copy of AWLQ’s Keeping Our Pets Safe And Healthy At Christmas Guide.

SUMMER SAFETY FOR YOUR PETS GUIDE

Queenslander’s love nothing more than spending summer days outdoors, more often than not with our furry companions. However, hot weather can spell danger for our pets. To help your companion through summer festivities and prevent your pet from overheating, you can take these simple precautions.

  • Never leave your animals in a vehicle – even with the windows open. A parked car is like an oven and temperatures can reach extreme levels in just a short period of time leading to fatal heat stroke.
  • Pets can get dehydrated quickly – have plenty of fresh, clean water available. Make sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun, be careful not to over-exercise them, and keep them indoors when it’s extremely hot.
  • Know the symptoms of overheating in pets – this includes excessive panting or difficulty breathing, drooling, mild weakness, vomiting, or even collapse. Animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke.
  • Do not leave pets unsupervised around a pool or at the beach – not all dogs are good swimmers. Introduce your pets to water gradually and make sure they wear flotation devices when on boats.
  • Don’t let your pets linger on hot pavements – when the temperature is very high and being so close to the ground, your pooch’s body can heat up quickly. Their sensitive paw pads can burn so keep dog walks during these times to a minimum.
  • Human food and drink are not for pets – these should be kept out of reach form your pets. Food enjoyed by humans should not be a treat for your pet as any change of diet may give your dog or cat severe digestive ailments or in some cases be poisonous and result in death.
  • Many pets are fearful of loud noises – so it’s best to keep your pets somewhere safe inside during any loud Christmas or New Year celebrations and storms. Ensure your pet’s microchip and ID tag details are update in case they go missing.

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For all media enquiries please contact Craig Montgomery at AWLQ on 07 5509 9030/0424 382 727 or email communications@awlqld.com.au.

Download a copy of AWLQ’s Summer Safety For Your Pets Guide.