RSPCA NSW is urging the public to take extra care of their pets over the Christmas and New Year period. From the warmer weather to the Christmas festivities, the silly season is full of potential pet dangers. Over the Christmas period RSPCA Shelters and Veterinary Clinics State-wide are inundated with sick, injured and lost animals.
TV Vet Dr Katrina Warren has joined forces with RSPCA NSW to outline tips in a bid to help owners enjoy a hazard-free season.
“These tips are vital for all pet owners. Preventing an accident or illness is much easier, cheaper and less stressful than treating one,” says Dr Warren.
“Most owners wouldn’t even be aware of the potential dangers during Christmas and New Year, hopefully this list will allow them to take the necessary precautions to protecting their pet/s.”
Tips for surviving the festive season:
- Make sure all vaccinations are up-to-date
- Summer is breeding season so if you haven’t already desexed your pet do it now!
- Ticks and fleas are most common during the summer months so make sure all prevention is up-to-date and pets are regularly checked for ticks
- NEVER leave dogs in a car- Heat stress can occur within 6 minutes. During this time your pet can be seriously harmed or even killed
- Always walk your dog in the early morning or late evening to avoid the heat of the day
- Ensure pets have easy access to shade and water throughout the day. White dogs and cats are especially susceptible to skin cancer. Apply zinc to their ears and noses if they will be exposed to the sun
- Christmas tree decorations such as tinsel and baubles can choke and kill pets – make sure ALL decorations are out of reach
- Don’t share Christmas lunch or treats with pets- foods such as cooked bones, chocolate and onions can be fatal if ingested.
For more information visit www.rspcansw.org.au