Happy Holidays

xmas-petsWhat better way to to celebrate the Christmas period than with the family. The whole family; four legged members included of course.  If you are thinking about going on a summer holiday and want to take your pets, visit Holidaying With Dogs for some great pet friendly holiday spots.  Or if you are just looking for some dog friendly parks and beaches all around Australia visit Doggo.

With the festive season in full swing, everyone is out enjoying the beautiful Australian weather with parties and barbeques.  As tempting as it might be to treat your dog or cat with some table scraps it really isn’t a good idea.  It is important to keep your pet’s diet as normal as possible as changing it and offering them an overindulgence of treats can cause stomach upset.  Ham is one of the worse things you can feed your pets as it is high in salt and fat.  Over the Christmas period veterinary clinics will often see a rise in pancreatitis cases and stomach upsets with the usual cause being that the animals have been eating the Christmas ham.  Also make sure not to give your pets any cooked chicken or turkey bones as they can splinter and also cause intestinal blockages.  Sweets, and in particular chocolate, are a big no no for you pets.  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. And most importantly, don’t forget to make sure your pets have plenty of cool, clean water to keep them hydrated over the hot summer days.

I would also like to take this opportunity to wish everyone, humans and animals, a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.

Until next time,

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Author: Bec

From a very young age Bec has always had a great love and appreciation for all animals. Bec is a qualified Veterinary Nurse and also has a Bachelor in Applied Science Animal Studies with special interest in Wildlife and Recreational Animals. Her studies have been put to good use working in various animal industries including small and large animal veterinary clinics, horse studs and the family cattle property. Horses have played an important part in her life, living on a horse stud and caring for horses throughout breeding, foaling, spelling, racing and retirement. Bec is the proud mum of two gorgeous girls, a beautiful Cocker Spaniel, a cheeky cockatiel, chickens and many horses including a naughty little pony.