21 November 2008
6 out of 10 pet owners will be buying presents for their pets this year and 15% admit to spending more on their pets than they do on their partner!*
It is great fun to involve pets with Christmas, but it can also be tricky. Extra guests and family in the house can be overwhelming for dogs and cats, decorations may be hazardous, walks might be limited as the family settle down to watch TV instead and diets can go AWOL as pets are over-fed turkey left-overs.
Pugs & kisses (www.pugsandkisses.com), the original pet boutique and spa, offers a 5 point plan to avoid pet mishaps this Christmas.
1. Prepare your pet for extra cuddles from family and friends.
Christmas usually means parties and lots of visitors so make sure your pets are guest ‘friendly’ with a home or spa grooming treatment. The pugs & kisses spa treatments start from £40 (for small breeds) alternatively try their range of spritzes, sprays, shampoos and conditioners at home.
2. Keep pets out from under your feet.
When guests do arrive you’ll want some space to play host, so keep pets occupied with a long-chew treat such as the ‘Greet Me, Eat Me’ rawhide cards (£5.99) or a chewable snowman (£8.99).
3. Leave your decorations intact
Sparkly decorations are too tempting for even the best behaved pets, so avoid trouble and don't allow pets unsupervised in a room with a tree.
Trim lower branches to avoid any poking accidents and rather than decorating to the very bottom, wrap a cloth around the base instead. Keep light wires well out of the way, plugged in out of sight. The best option is to distract pets completely with their own toy, such as a Cheery Deer cat toy (£5.99), a Mini-Migrator (£3.49) or perhaps a tough, chewable Dog Plush (from £4.99).
4. No left-overs
This is an important one – there’s so much food around it seems easy to throw left-overs in the feeding bowl. But be careful. Turkey and other poultry meat is fine for pets, as long as it is boneless, thoroughly cooked and trimmed of any fat. Pets cannot digest onions, so do not give them stuffing or bread sauce and avoid all chocolate, it’s not just fattening it causes hyperactivity and can lead to seizures. Instead try pugs bakery pet treats which contain 100% natural ingredients and are great for teeth. Also for fat-free fun try our Mini-meats with turkey or cow sound effects.
5. Get some fresh air
Christmas is about spending time together as a family, taking it easy. But everyone will benefit from some fresh air and exercise. Grab your coat, collar and lead and get outside, for at least 20 mins every day over the festive season. Extra canine energy can be un off with an Orbee Football (£11.99), a ball launcher (from £6.99) or Orbee Rope Ball (from £7.99). And if it especially cold keep your precious pets wrapped up warm in a corduroy coat(£29.99), hoodie (from £24.99) or raincoat (£29.99).
And the most important tip? This Christmas spoil your precious pooch or cute cat rotten!
Merry Christmas from pugs & kisses
*Research statistics from pugs & kisses customers
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