Keep your pets safe during Christmas

Tyler at Jollyes collecting his aquarium prize PPP-140812-104135001
Tyler at Jollyes collecting his aquarium prize PPP-140812-104135001
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Greetings Chipsters! I hope you’re all looking forward to decorating your tree. Perhaps you’ve done it already or maybe you’re among those who leave it until Christmas Eve?

Whenever you do it, spare a thought for your pets. This week I’ve provided a tree for you to colour. Please send in your finished work,

Colouring tree

Colouring tree

While you’re doing it think about the dangers for animals. According to vets, Christmas is one of the busiest times for emergency surgeries and incidents of poisoning.

From tinsel to trifle, the trappings of the festive period represent many potential hazards for pets

Just as the tree fascinates you humans, it is a magnet for we pets too. Glass ornaments are easily broken, tinsel and garlands are usually metallic and therefore harmful if we eat them and tree lights and their wires can be shocking if chewed or bitten.

Make sure baubles, especially glass ones, are not hung on the lowest tree branches – this also includes tinsel strands and lights.

Other tips include: covering or keeping out of sight the tree light leads; covering the water well at the base of a live tree so dogs and cats can’t drink from it; also some trees carry moulds and can cause respiratory problems in dogs.

Keep holly, poinsettias and mistletoe out of reach as they are toxic to dogs and cats.

And watch out for pets eating the wrong things including: chocolate (it’s poisonous to dogs); turkey bones; dried fruit and alcohol.

Congratulations to Chipster 1934 Tyler Blythe. That’s him here at Jollyes Petfood Superstore, Waterlooville, having just been presented with his prize of an aquarium

He won my loom band competition and I can see he’s going to have hours of underwater fun during the Christmas holidays.

Meanwhile, the following four lucky Chipsters have each won a pair of tickets to see one of the region’s top pantos this Christmas – Cinderella at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton:

Carrie Barnett (1724)

Ben Grubb (4088)

Hollie Brittan (5038)

Lewis Brett (1732)

Well done each of you. If you weren’t among the winners this time, have a go at this week’s competition below.

It gives you a chance to win loads of goodies to do with the film Night At The Museum: Secret Tomb.

Make sure you get your entries to us by Christmas Eve.

Chip chip for now. Chipper.