Let Sleeping Santa's Lie!! It's supposed to be the 'happiest time of the year' right? And for many it is. But for a lot of pet parents it is nothing short of a nightmare.
With all the excitement of people coming and going, kids running around excitedly, presents, Christmas decorations, tinsel, fairy lights... our pets must be wondering what on earth has come over us all!
In amongst all the excitement many pets - particularly dogs - are fawned over with all the attention focussed on them, getting dressed up, scoring extra treats 'because it's Christmas' and generally being spoilt rotten.
Sadly just as many others are banished to the backyard because 'there is too much going on' or 'because we don't want grandma to know Fido or Fifi normally use the comfy lounge chair where she is now sitting.'
Cats love to play - especially at Christmas
If you have young kids who already have a couple of Christmases under their belts, you're probably better prepared than most.
In fact we bet you were prepared a few months ago right?
So do pets REALLY know it's Christmas? - Of course not. But it's fun to get them involved right?
Because the average pet owner treats their pets just like kids. As part of the family.... and we love that. But just like kids, pets need to have a special eye kept on them especially at this time of the year.
We won't wear you down with all the do's and don'ts. Seasoned pet owners already know most of them, but the two biggies are:
1 - Don't let your pets play with tinsel or any Christmas decorations for that matter - they can choke or be poisoned by some.
2 - No human 'treats' - especially Chocolate. And be careful around the BBQ - Skewers are a big no-no!
Meantime - we hope you and your furry friends have a safe and happy Christmas 2016.