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Christmas can be a fun time for dogs and cats but here are a few things to consider to keep pets happy:

Having a party? Make sure all pets have a safe haven to escape to.

Ensure friends and relatives know you have a dog or a cat in the house and have been informed how to behave around them. If your pet is timid, make sure it has a quiet place to retreat to.

Cats and dogs can be scared of kids and their shrill voices, especially with the excitement of Christmas.

Don't let people feed your animals without permission. So much of our Christmas food is toxic to dogs – such as chocolate, onions, raisins and grapes.

Alcohol can subtly change our body language to make some dogs fearful.

Party poppers and balloons can be a major source of worry for dogs and cats. Put pets in another room with a radio or TV on until the noise is over.

If your Christmas plans are very hectic a good dog sitter could care for timid pets and provide a quieter atmosphere.

Myself and all at The Pet Behaviour Centre hope your plans for the festive season are going well – you know where we are if you need us.

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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Dec 14, 2014
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