Everyone loves to open a stocking full of wonderful surprises on Christmas morning, so if you usually include your pet in this by getting them goodies over the festive season why not check out our range of innovative cat and dog toys? Just like us, pets need time to have fun too and our toys are designed to help them benefit in different ways when they play – whether it’s improving their health or keeping them alert and active, plus topped off with the reward of tasty treats makes it a win all round! You can get many of these for under £10, so here’s just a small selection of what’s on offer for your furry friend.
Our Busy Buddy toys are designed for longer lasting playtime! Each one is made with a different and unique chewing experience in mind and helps turn chewing behaviour into positive playtime.
Busy Buddy® Kibble Nibble™
The Kibble Nibble appeals to a dog’s natural instincts by enticing them to actively engage in mealtimes. Two Treat Meters randomly dispense dry food and treats as the ball tumbles around and is appropriately sized to hold a dog’s entire meal, so can you turn mealtime into playtime!
Busy Buddy® Squirrel Dude™
A favourite with many dogs, the Squirrel Dude’s extreme durability holds up under even the toughest gnashers and its unpredictable bounce will have your pet occupied for hours. The Treat Meter randomly dispenses dry food and treats as your dog plays. Perfect for strong chewers!
Busy Buddy® Bristle Bone
Tested on various gnashers, this is a toy for dogs to really get their teeth into. Complete with irresistible, replaceable Gnawhide® treat rings, durable nylon bristles and rubber nubs, the Bristle Bone provides a unique chewing experience. It’s essential exercise for all dogs, and what’s more, means they’re less likely to gnaw the furniture!
Still have a young pup? We also do a range of Busy Buddy toys designed especially for puppies – to support their development and encourage them to chew on something safe and hygienic to help their young teeth.
View the full range here http://store.intl.petsafe.net/en-gb/play-challenge
Christmas is a wonderful time of the year for spending the season with loved ones and enjoying all of the many festive traditions that come with it. Quality time together is great for your pets too, so it’s important to keep any furry family members safe during the holidays with the extra risks and hazards. Make sure you know what can be a danger for pets, and how to manage it, and you can enjoy a Christmas full of joy and free from harm.
Christmas tree – It’s not just us who can’t resist the glow and glisten of a beautifully decorated tree, they’re a huge attraction for our pets too; most cat owners will have experienced their various attempts to climb it. It’s a good idea therefore to place your tree in a corner as much as possible, so it’s not as noticeable or easy to jump on or knock over. If your pet still persists, try putting something that makes a noise when moved at the bottom to at least give you some prior warning of any tree acrobatics! If you’re a fan of real trees, then make every effort to keep the area around and room free from any shedding needles which can puncture pets’ intestines if consumed.
Decorations – Lights, tinsel and baubles might make our tree look lovely and festive but they can pose a real danger to inquisitive pets. Tinsel and lights in particular should be kept off the lower branches where possible as they’re hazards which can cause your pets to get tangled up and lights can also be a burning and electrical hazard. Likewise, candles or any open flame sources should be kept well out of reach in hard to access, high places to prevent any accidental burns or fire risks. Baubles and ornament decorations can look good enough to eat to your pet so present a choking hazard or also chance of injury if they break, leaving sharp pieces and shards.
Gift wrappings – Wrapping and giving presents is a real joy, but it’s a good idea to do it well away from your pet or keep them in a different room during as cats in particular are attracted to long, string like objects which can be fatal if ingested, blocking their intestines.
Seasonal plants – Holly, poinsettia and mistletoe are great for adding a festive feel to the home but are poisonous to pets and can cause serious health problems if consumed. If you’re planning on using these as part of the decorations then they need to be well out of reach of any furry paws.
Festive food – We should all know by now that human chocolate and sweets are not for dogs. That’s especially important to remember at this time of year when there are usually lots of treats and edible presents around. It may be hard to resist pleading eyes looking up from under the dining table come Christmas, but lots of ingredients in our food are toxic for dogs and cats so keep your pet away from any unattended plates and leftovers, and make sure any treats around the house aren’t easily accessible. Why not stock up on extra dog treats and chocolate so your pet can indulge a little too, in a way that’s safe for them!
The dark nights are well and truly drawing in, which means for many owners dog walks in the evening may be in pitch black. It’s important to take steps to adjust to this change in weather and ensure both your safety.
With minimised visibility, there are other ways for you and your pooch to see and be seen. It’s a good idea to invest in a reflective collar, lead or coat for during the winter months; that way you know your dog will be illuminated and easy for other people, cyclists and vehicles to spot. Likewise, make sure you’re wearing some bright, or even reflective, clothing yourself to increase the chance of people seeing you, and therefore your dog by association. There are all sorts of light-up products available for winter night walks (including flashing poop scoops!), so choose the best ones for you and your dog and keep them by the door so you don’t forget to take them out with you. A torch can also be useful to help illuminate your way, especially if you go through any parks or uneven ground so you can easily see where your feet, and their paws, are stepping.
It may sound a little risky, but if you go along or nearby any roads then walking towards the traffic will allow you to see anything coming and react quickly if needed. Stay extra aware when walking at night and refrain from listening to music if you can, as headphones block out the other noises around you and can be distracting. Keeping your dog on a shorter lead throughout walks is recommended when the evenings are dark – they may not like it as much but remember it’s to keep them safe, and nighttime is not the best time for your dog to run off! Make sure that your dog has an identification disc on their collar and that their microchip details are up to date on their database.
If walking your dog at night is new to you and you’re a little nervous about the prospect, why not take someone along with you? A companion will make you feel less anxious, and is also an extra pair of eyes and ears for safety.
Finally, it’s important always make sure you have a charged mobile phone with you in case of any emergencies.
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