(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.)
(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.)
(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.)
(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.)
(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.)
(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.)
(Cranberry sauce and other sugary foods can cause diarrhoea, and some brands do use grape derivatives too, which is toxic, so best to avoid.)
(Stuffing often contains garlic, onions and sometimes nuts, all of which are potentially fatal to our pets.)
(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.)
(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.)
(This common complaint can be caused by toxins or eating unusual or spoiled foods and involves diarrhoea, vomiting, loss of appetite and stomach pains.)
(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.