Twelve days of Christmas – how not to treat your dog during the festive season

 

It’s true. We Brits adore our dogs. But when it comes to Christmas complacency creeps in and we’re often oblivious to the health hazards that surround our beloved pets. So we’ve created this merry little ditty to ensure dogs enjoy a new leash of life at this special time of year.
1. On the first day of Christmas, my owner gave to me… a brand new Christmas tree!

(Not only do Christmas trees smell fragrantly of the great outdoors, they’re covered in sparkling chocolate soldiers and coins and make ideal climbing frames. Place baubles and anything edible higher up the tree and out of reach from your pets.)
 

2. On the second day of Christmas, my owner gave to me… 2 party crackers!

(If your dog is a sensitive soul create a safe haven in a cosy but quiet spare room, far from flying Champagne corks, party poppers and tipsy relations.)
 

3. On the third day of Christmas, my owner gave to me… 3 chestnuts rolling!

(They may be great fun for our dogs to chase, chew and play with, but high in fats, chestnuts can potentially cause nasty stomach upsets, too.)
 

4. On the fourth day of Christmas, my owner gave to me… 4 foot of tinsel!

(Foreign objects including tinsel and glass baubles often find their way into our pet’s stomachs, resulting in an unpleasant visit to your local surgery for extraction.)
 

5. On the fifth day of Christmas, my owner gave to me… Obesity!

(In our 2019 survey, 50% of the 12 most common pet insurance claims were attributed to obesity due to inappropriate eating habits, such as scavenging for leftovers or being hand-fed a variety of unsuitable titbits.)
 

6. On the sixth day of Christmas, my owner gave to me… six jugs of gravy!

(Gravy adds the finishing touch to our Christmas dinner, yet it’s far too salty for dogs and can contain onions, which can cause various issues and be fatal in extreme cases. Lapping up leftovers is not advisable.)
 

7. On the seventh day of Christmas, my owner gave to me… sweet cranberry sauce!

(Cranberry sauce and other sugary foods can cause diarrhoea, and some brands do use grape derivatives too, which is toxic, so best to avoid.)
 

8. On the eighth day of Christmas, my owner gave to me… 8 plates of stuffing!

(Stuffing often contains garlic, onions and sometimes nuts, all of which are potentially fatal to our pets.)
 

9. On the ninth day of Christmas, my owner gave to me… 9 chocolate raisins!

(Chocolates and raisins, or any grape derivative such as sultanas, should be avoided. They can be the cause of kidney failure, neurological problems and seizures. Buy doggie treats from the supermarket instead.)
 

10. On the tenth day of Christmas, my owner gave to me… half a tub of ice cream!

(High in fat and lactose, ice cream, custard and other dairy-based deserts can trigger stomach issues. After the party’s over, put the dairy products back in the fridge.)
 

11. On the eleventh day of Christmas, my owner gave to me… gastroenteritis!

(This common complaint can be caused by toxins or eating unusual or spoiled foods and involves diarrhoea, vomiting, loss of appetite and stomach pains.)

 

12. On the twelfth day of Christmas, my owner gave to me… a trip to the vet’s surgery! 

(Be mindful of your pet at Christmas as any trip to the vets is inconvenient and costly for you, as well as being painful and upsetting for your dog.) 

 

Make sure you’re covered against a canine Christmas calamity with dog insurance from MORE THAN. Our customers also have access to our 24/7 vetfone service. In the event of an issue with your dog anytime, day or night, vetfone allows you to speak to a professional to get the best care for your pet. For more advice on what not to feed your dog, check out our guide to good pet diets.


May we wish you and all your furry friends a Merry Christmas from all the team at MORE THAN.
 

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