Christmas with your best mate

by / Thursday, 29 November 2012 / Published in News Archive, Small Animals

Christmas is the time when we are all inclined to over indulge, it’s almost obligatory, after all it’s only once a year.

But let’s not forget our pets this Christmas as we fill the freezers, fridges and pantries with yummy food and treats.

We all know the basic bad foods that will make our dogs and cats sick such as chocolate, avocado, grapes, raisins, salt, macadamia nuts, onions and garlic, cooked bones etc. We also know the obvious way to keep our pets healthy and happy is to feed them a good quality food designed by animal nutritionists specifically for our pets type, breed and age.

But that doesn’t mean we won’t over indulge our pets too this Christmas, and it’s not done intentionally.

feeding-from-tableThe Christmas holiday means visitors and consequently more people in the house which in turn means more food and that means more scraps. For many, giving the dog a few scraps is normal but when  you have a house full of people all with the same idea it can mean, unbeknown to you, your dear old mate is getting enough scraps a day to feed a small country and we all know a fat dog is not a healthy happy dog.

Another thing to be aware of with a house full of guests is that they may not all be pet savvy and have no idea what is good or bad for your pet so keep an eye on the chocolates and cakes and just mention to your visitors you’d appreciate it if they didn’t feed your dog.

If you are the owner of the dog that will eat anything if given a chance keep the kitchen waste bin covered and a tight lid on the wheelie bin over the Christmas break as those incredible little noses will sniff out a bone from the barbecue a mile away. It doesn’t necessarily have to be food scraps that can become a problem in a busy household, our veterinary surgeons will tell you of some of the odd obstructions they have had to remove such as plastic bags, lolly sticks, sock, rocks and fish hooks and these operations are not only costly but a great worry to the owner.

So this Christmas remember your best friend during the festivities and keep an eagle eye on your visitors and if you want to give a treat make it a healthy dog treat.

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