Christmas is fast approaching and it’s important that we continue to look after our pets during this festive time….


Over the Christmas period we all tend to eat a lot of food but some of what we eat may be harmful to our furry friends: 


  • Nuts,
  • Chocolate & sweets,
  • Caffeine,
  • Potato’s,
  • Salt,
  • Yeast,
  • Grapes, raisins and dates,
  • Alcohol,
  • Meat bones,
  • Xmas puddings, fruit cakes & mince pies

Sadly, all of these pose a risk and extra care should be taken to ensure these foods are kept out of our pets’ reach at all times. It’s also important to keep Christmas treats to a minimum for our pets too...Weight gain can be a big problem for our pets over the Christmas period.  


Decorations & presents

It’s always fun to see our pets unwrapping their (or our) presents but remember that these can also pose a danger to our pets. Wrapping paper and small toys can cause blockages if ingested by your pet.



  • Real Christmas trees – pine needles can be toxic to our pets if ingested and the preservatives that are added to the water to keep the trees healthy before purchase can also be a large risk to your pets if ingested. Always make sure your tree is placed with a sturdy base and prevent cats from climbing it!
  • Tinsel & Baubles – Shiny and attractive, these can be very interesting and fun toys to play with for your pets but beware, ingestion can cause severe gastrointestinal blockages, sometimes resulting in surgery for removal!  
  • Lights – Chewed wires can cause electrical burns, shock and even death, so please make sure that lights are high enough off the ground to deter chewers!
  • Plants – Many of the Christmas plants that we have at this time of year are sadly poisonous to our furry friends, the most common ones are poinsettia, mistletoe and holly. Try to keep these out of reach and on a higher shelf to prevent temptation
  • Presents – Receiving presents is always fun, but some contain parts that aren’t safe for our pets, these include battery’s, silica gel and wrapping paper. Also any food wrapping can be harmful so we would recommend that you put your presents under the tree either on Christmas Eve or Christmas day morning to prevent inquisitive pets!


During the Christmas period we have many different people coming to visit which can sometimes make it hard to follow normal routines. Our pets are a creature of habit and that means during the Christmas period they can find it hard to adjust to a new regime. We would recommend trying to keep to your pets normal routine as much as possible, especially if you have a nervous or anxious pet  and always make sure they have a quiet area they can retreat to if they need some peace and quiet.


Further Information

If you would like any advice please call us on 0118 987 2294. Our Christmas opening hours are:

Christmas Eve = 7.40am-6:30pm

Christmas Day = CLOSED – Please contact Vets Now Reading on 0118 959 4007

Boxing Day = 10am-4pm

Thursday 27th – Sunday 30th December = Normal opening hours

New Years Eve = 7.40am-6:30pm

New years Day = 10am-4pm

Wednesday 2nd January onwards = Normal opening hours


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