6 TIPS TO ENJOYING A PAWSITIVITY PERFECT CHRISTMAS WITH YOUR PET
Christmas is traditionally a time of indulgence and many owners hate to see their pet missing out. As you and your family sit around the table this Christmas, you may be tempted to share all the yummy goodies with your pet. Don’t! Giving inappropriate foods and overfeeding are common causes of health problems seen by veterinarians over the festive period.
- Many foods are dangerous and harmful to pets. Avoid feeding the following foods AT ANY TIME OF YEAR:
- Chocolate – toxic to the heart and nervous system.
- Grapes, Raisins and Sultanas –can cause acute kidney failure.
- Garlic and Onions – may cause blood cell damage and anaemia.
- Avocado – may cause stomach upsets such as vomiting and diarrhoea.
- Coffee and tea – may cause stomach upsets. Caffeine is toxic to the heart and nervous system.
- Xylitol (found in gum, lollies etc) – can lead to liver failure.
- Cooked bones – may cause stomach lacerations, punctures and can easily become stuck in the throat.
- Nuts – Macadamia nuts, moldy pecans and walnuts can cause seizures, vomiting and neurological issues.
- Sage (a seasoning used in stuffing) can cause tummy upsets and central nervous system damage.
- Alcohol – may cause intoxication, coma and death.
- Dairy foods – can cause stomach upsets such as diarrhoea.
- Fatty Foods such as sausages, ham bones etc – may cause pancreatitis.
- “Just a little treat” is okay! Think again – one piece of bacon (or ham) given to your dog is equivalent to a human eating thirteen pieces of bacon.
- Feed your pet a high quality, nutritionally dense pet food, such as Hills Vet Essentials, to ensure they are getting the nourishment they need (some supermarket brands contain fillers that add bulk rather than nutrition).
- Don’t give your pet more food than usual, particularly if they’re not exercising as much – just an extra kilo or two can make a small cat or dog obese. Feeding your pet too much food can also lead to stomach upsets and diarrhoea.
- Give your pet non-food treats such as toys, a new collar and lead or a new comfy bed.
- Treat them with love rather than food – take them for walks, throw that ball or Frisbee and enjoy cuddles on the couch.