1. "There are some festive foods that are poisonous to dogs - including chocolate, grapes and raisins, ham and macadamia nuts - and definitely avoid the bones from the Christmas turkey which may get lodged in the throat," Better Pets and Gardens' Kathy Bafile says.
"Corn on the cob also has the potential risk of blocking your dog's intestine and even certain types of fish, such as raw salmon or trout, can contain a certain parasite harmful to dogs," Petbarn regional manager Darren Ryan adds. "Chocolate and candy canes are a definite no, as they can be toxic to your pet, causing vomiting and diarrhoea."
2. If spoiling your furry friend with a toy or treat, ensure you choose the right size, recommends Tracey Wilson, of City Farmers. "Toys or treats that are too small can be dangerous if swallowed and those that are too big can be a choking hazard," she says.
And, warns Ms Bafile, don't purchase your dog a stuffed toy meant for a child. "Dogs' toys are made so that they are still safe when they are being chewed and pulled apart," she says.
3. "Pets might like to play with your Christmas goodies but make sure they're not left unattended with the Christmas tree," Ms Wilson cautions. "A bauble or Christmas decoration swallowed by your pet could end in a trip to the vet."
4. With the big day often spent in the sun, Mr Ryan says it's important to make sure your pet is kept well hydrated and cool.
5. Just like us, animals can overindulge on Christmas Day. "It's fine for them to get a few treats but be sure to then reduce the amount of food that you feed them at dinner as you know how bad it feels when you overindulge yourself," Ms Bafile says.
Mr Ryan says it's better to feed your pets specially formulated pet treats so you can keep an eye on how many extra calories they are consuming.
6. If you're taking your pet off on holiday with you, ensure they travel safe. "The holiday period can mean long road trips and you want to ensure your whole family is safe," Mr Ryan says. "A pet booster seat means your pet is contained and doesn't miss out on the family holiday!"
Spare a thought for less-fortunate animals this Christmas
Consider placing a donation under Better Pets and Gardens' Paws and Claus Christmas trees (find them at any BPAG store), where all donations will be passed on to volunteer animal rescue groups in WA. Think pet food, bedding, old towels and blankets. Petbarn is also running a Giving Tree Appeal for animals in need of some Christmas cheer. "You can purchase a $3, $5 or $10 Christmas decoration, which comes in two parts - one to hang on your local Petbarn Giving Tree in store and one to take home for your own family's Christmas tree," Mr Ryan said. "All funds raised through the appeal will be donated by the Petbarn Foundation to local animal shelters."