Many households across the UK have at least one pet, and thankfully most pets are well cared for by responsible, loving owners. Even so, there are occasionally things that even careful owners miss when taking care of their pets, and below are some useful reminders of things to keep an eye out for over the Christmas period.
But before we set out potential Christmas-related hazards please remember that there are plenty of animals that are not so well cared for, sadly, and these are often taken into shelters by the RSPCA. The RSPCA takes care of their physical and psychological needs before searching for new, forever homes for them.
Since Christmas is a time for giving and reflection, perhaps you could spare a thought for those animals that do not have a home this winter and perhaps consider making a donation of your time or money to help to support your local shelter or one of the projects that urgently needs support, listed on the RSPCA Choices site: http://choices.rspca.org.uk/
Turning your thoughts back to your own home and pets, take a look at this list of things to think about over Christmas as they might apply to your own circumstances. Some are hopefully things that you already know but others might just surprise you:
Finally, remember that there undoubtedly will be fireworks let off on New Year’s Eve at midnight in your local area. If your pet is of a nervous disposition then make sure it is kept near you so that you can offer lots of reassurance, and bring all outdoor pets inside.
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