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A Winter's Tail

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Caring for your pets this Christmas.

Thinking of getting a dog or cat as a gift this Christmas? They can be lovable companions but they’re also a major responsibility.

Every year 110,000 stray dogs are picked up, some of them having been abandoned as unwanted Christmas gifts.

And if you’re already a pet owner, there’s also potential hazards in the home to look out for this winter.

These messages are at the heart of a social media campaign by Defra to raise awareness of the need to ensure the welfare of our pets over the Christmas period.

Please pass the #winterstail tips on to your family and friends to help our pets have as safe and happy a Christmas as the rest of us.


Photo credits: Lewis Elliott, Dogs Trust