A Merry and Safe Christmas For Your Pets

xmas_funThe festive season is well and truly upon us, a time full of celebrations and feasts, presents and family.  Its a time to relax and have fun with your family, including the four-legged members.  If you are looking for somewhere special to take your dog over your Christmas break check out the following website as it is full of dog friendly parks and beaches all around Australia. http://doggo.com.au/

While you are enjoying Christmas make sure you remember to keep your pets safe. The most dangerous thing at Christmas time for your pets is the extra food they might eat.  It is important to keep their diet the same even though it is so tempting to give them a treat or some of your Christmas dinner but in can make them sick.  The worst culprit for making pets sick is the Christmas Ham.  Thats right, as delicious as it is and as much as they would like some it can be very dangerous.  Ham is high in fat and salt which can cause serious stomach aches and even pancreatitis.  Make sure not to feed them any chicken or turkey with bones in it as the bones are very dangerous if your pets eat them.


Sweets should not be given to pets as they are high in sugar and can cause stomach upset.  Chocolate is a definite no no!! Chocolate is very dangerous for your four-legged friends as it contains theobromine which can cause symptoms including vomiting, diarrhea,  restlessness, cardiac failure, seizures and death.  Alcohol is also unsafe for pets to have so keep an eye on your drinks, keeping them out of reach of your pets.  It does not take much for cats and dogs to become intoxicated.

Make sure your pets can’t get into any garbage or left overs.  This can be especially dangerous as they can eat ham or bones or even rubbish and plastics.

Also remember to keep an eye on your pets when there are many people coming and going as it can be easy for a gate or door to get left open.  There is also increased danger when there are more cars around than usual, so make sure they are safely away from all vehicles.

I would like to wish everyone and your pets a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous and Happy New Year.

Until next time,
Bec

Bec

Author: Bec

From a very young age Bec has always had a great love and appreciation for all animals. She has a Certificate in Veterinary Nursing and a Degree in Applied Science Animal Studies, which have been put to good use over the years working in various animal industries. Bec lives on a horse stud and has cared for an endless number of horses throughout all stages of their lives including breeding, foaling, spelling, racing and retirement. Bec is the proud mum of two gorgeous little girls, a beautiful Cocker Spaniel, two chickens and many horses including two Clydesdales, lots of Thoroughbreds and a cheeky little pony.

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