No hiding from it any longer “CHRISTMAS” is very nearly upon us.

It’s been a roller-coaster of a year so far and we're looking forward to some much need family time, with lots of merry-making and cheers.

This brings me nicely into the festive shenanigans and our fur babies…

It’s important that we allow them somewhere to get a break if our households are lively ones and full of Christmas fun. Keep them secure when opening up doors and greeting visitors. Make sure small plastic novelties from crackers, don't get snuffled up.

FUN FACT – did you know that dogs’ noses are 100 million times better than ours? So, let's pet-proof our Christmas!

Dog's noses are perfect for sniffing out pre-wrapped tasty treats under the tree - even the ones that aren’t theirs, and those low hanging shiny baubles and other Christmas tree decorations can seem like tempting toys to too. Along with your festive Christmas choccies on the tree and if eaten can prove fatal for some dogs.

Some plants and flowers including poinsettias, holly, ivy, mistletoe, and lilies can be toxic, so avoid these if you can.

Tinsel and wrapping paper might be tempting for your pet to play with but make sure they don't eat it! Be wise and supervise.

And those pine needles can be quite sharp when dried, I have stepped on a few, OUCH! Seriously though, if a pet gets one in the eye it can lead to all sorts of complications, and being chewed on will only lead to mouth irritation and tummy upsets.

Let’s keep our Christmas’s free from costly emergency vet trips and avoidable accidents and be pet safe for our festive holidays.

Have a wonderful time and our warmest and sincere, seasons greetings from all at Gastall

Warmest wishes

Helen & The Team.

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