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Altona Veterinary Clinic
97 Pier Street
Altona
Vic 3018

Phone:
03 9398 3333
Fax:
03 9315 9504
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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year....Christmas!!!

 

Christmas is the busiest time of the year for many people and sometimes we forget that it can be a dangerous time for our pets. Christmas trees, decorations, food, noise and celebrations can cause stress in our furry loved ones as well as health issues.

The foods to avoid feeding your pet are:

  • Macadamia nuts & other nuts
  • Christmas Cake – contains raisins
  • Fatty food such as BBQ Meat and ham
  • Cooked bones
  • Chocolates
  • Onions
  • Corn cobs

Christmas decorations, although fun and festive, can be dangerous around your pets. Christmas baubles can be very appealing to dogs who like to play with balls. As the baubles are generally small they can be easy to swallow which can lead to blockages. This is a serious situation and can be fatal. Blocking access to a Christmas tree will help prevent your dog from trying to play with any baubles.

Cats love playing with tinsel and string at any time of the year.  As well as ingesting any of the material and causing blockages, they may get tangled up in it. Try to keep any tinsel or string off the floor and well out of reach of the cats.

You are most likely to have more visitors around Christmas. Noisy environments or a larger group of people can cause stress in some pets. If you notice that your pet is getting stressed or trying to distance themselves from the group, try to find a quiet, peaceful place in the house where they can rest.  

Fireworks can often be heard around this time of year. A lot of pets do not like fireworks and they can become stressed or anxious. Unfortunately a lot of pets go missing during fireworks, so ensuring your pet is in a safe place where they cannot harm themselves and cannot escape from is very important. If you know your pet reacts badly to fireworks, there are some things you can do to try to help them:

  • Shutting blinds and windows
  • Turn on the TV or radio with the volume up to help block out the noise from fireworks
  • Distract them with something they love  (bones, treats, play)
  • Keeping them in a safe, secure place
  • Book a consultation with a vet to discuss any individual needs for your pet and possibly the use of anti-anxiety medication

If you are travelling for the holidays and are unable to take your pet with you, be sure to book your pets accommodation early! Holidays periods are a busy time for kennels and catteries and can book up quickly. Try to book in advance to secure your pets stay. Alternatively, there are businesses out there that will visit your home and care for your pet on a daily basis if you would prefer your loved ones to stay in their own environment or you could also ask a friend or family member to look after them. Remember to ensure your pet is up to date with their vaccinations before their boarding stay. If they are not up to date you need to check the policy of the boarding kennel/cattery and allow ample time for these injections to be done and take effect before you leave for your holiday.

If your pet is on medication, planning ahead and ensuring you have enough medications to last you through the Christmas holiday period is very important. Not only will veterinary clinics be closed on some of the days throughout this time, pharmacies and suppliers also have changing operating hours. Planning ahead will allow enough time for the clinic to source the medications before you run out. 


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