BY DR NICKY THOMAS, WYNNUM MANLY VETERINARY HOSPITAL
Christmas is such a wonderful time of year when we often celebrate with food and other festivities. It is important to make sure that all members of the family stay safe to keep the season joyful.
Here are some tips to keep your furry friend’s Christmas fun and avoid spending Boxing Day at the emergency vet!
Christmas food Common Christmas treats such as Christmas cake, pudding and mince pies are all toxic to dogs and cats due to the sultanas and raisins used in the recipes. Grapes are also toxic to animals. Chocolate and nuts (especially macadamia nuts) are not suitable for dogs and cats. Leftover ham and roast meats often find their way to dog’s bowls but these can cause pancreatitis.
Stock up on your pet’s favourite treats so that they can safely join in the feasting – liver treats, skinless chicken and carrots are all safe options.
Christmas decorations Inquisitive puppies and cats can find Christmas decorations very tempting as chew toys.
Swallowing tinsel and other decorations can lead to foreign body obstruction (blockage of the gastrointestinal tract) which can be very serious. Keep decorations high out of reach of pets or have your Christmas tree in a room your pet doesn’t use.
Keep pets cool December can be really hot. Make sure to only exercise your pet in the cooler parts of the day (early morning or later in the evening).
Provide a shady place for your pet to shelter from the sun. Have multiple water bowls topped up regularly with clean, cool water. Paddle pools, cooling mats and air-conditioning can all help to keep your pet from overheating during the hot summer days.
Wishing everyone a safe and happy Christmas and a wonderful 2022!