Tips to keep pets happy and healthy this holiday season Posted on December 23, 2022 RSPCA NSW Quick Holiday Tips: Keep decorations out of the reach of pets Create a quiet space for pets to retreat from the noise Provide pets with both mental stimulation and physical exercise to prevent boredom Have an emergency plan for your pet Make sure pets have identification tags and microchip details are updated Resist feeding pets your leftovers as they can be toxic Never feed your pets cooked bones, avocado, chocolate, pudding, coffee, currants, fruit cake, grapes, gravy, ham, lollies, macadamia nuts, marinades, onion, pork, and raisins. RSPCA NSW encourages pet owners to keep the welfare of their furry friends front of mind this festive season. The holidays are a wonderful time to spend with family and friends, but for our pets, it can be a stressful time of change. If you are decorating your home with festive cheer, try to keep baubles and tinsel out of reach of your pets as they can pose a risk to their health if ingested. Flashing or shiny ornaments can be mistaken by pets as fun new toys, so please be mindful of where decorations are placed. Avoid having candy canes or chocolate on display and securely attach larger decorations, such as Christmas trees, to the wall to prevent them from tipping over and injuring your pet. Exercise your pet before any guests arrive to help prevent any anxiety. Also ensure that your pets have a calm and quiet spot to go to away from the noise, complete with their own water and food source. This advice also applies to fireworks displays as animals can be injured by trying to flee from the loud noises. Stay at home with your pet if you can and before the fireworks do some training, play or exercise, as an animal that has had its needs for enrichment met will able to cope better. The holidays may be the time of giving but please resist the puppy dog eyes at the dinner table as many foods we consume at this time can be toxic, or even fatal, to the pets we love. “Small quantities of some lean cooked meat can be given as a treat if your pet has no dietary sensitivities but always avoid feeding cooked bones as they can easily splinter and cause injury to your pet”, said RSPCA NSW Chief Veterinarian Dr. Liz Arnott. “No holiday is complete without having a holiday emergency plan, this includes knowing your veterinarian’s holiday hours, the location of your nearest emergency clinic and keeping a first-aid kit for your pet on hand, and the security of knowing your pets microchip details are up to date should they manage to stray”. Visit the RSPCA NSW website for more healthy pet tips and for RSPCA NSW holiday opening hours.