Six Foods You Shouldn't Feed Your Pet This Christmas

 

Christmas is a time for sharing, but there are some things you should never share with your pet.

Dr. Mark has compiled his list of the six Christmas foods you shouldn't feed your pet below:

 

An infographic with the 6 Christmas foods you shouldn't feed your pet including bones, skin, pork crackling, garlic, onions, leek, chives, chocolate, caffeine, grapes, raisins, sultanas, currants, dairy, alcohol

 

If you do want to share your Christmas lunch or dinner with your pet, safe options you can share from your table include:

  • plain, cooked meat such as chicken or turkey - be sure to trim away the fat and remove the skin and bones
  • plain vegetables - potatoes, peas, Brussel sprouts, carrots, turnip, parsnips and broccoli (in small amounts) are ok to feed to dogs and as cats are obligate carnivores, they don't need to eat their veggies
  • plain cranberry sauce

 

>Three dogs sit in front of a Christmas tree and look up eagerly

 

Just like humans, your pet should enjoy their Christmas food in moderation!

 

Of course, the best food to feed your pet is proper pet food. Check out our range of dog food and cat food including brands such as Advance, Hills and Royal Canin.

 

A brown and white tabby cat peers out from the branches of a Christmas tree

 

Other Christmas dangers

Other items around your home at Christmas that are dangerous to pets include:

  • Christmas tree and decorations - the sudden addition of such a large item is sure to attract the attention of your pets! Keep an eye on them around your tree and decorations as they may want to explore them with their mouth.
  • Certain Christmas plants like Poinsettias are not safe to keep around pets as they can cause digestive upset. Both holly and mistletoe are toxic to dogs and cats.
  • In the kitchen, nosy pets may seek out those tasty leftovers and might inadvertently consume plastic wrap, aluminium foil, baking paper or toothpicks. Be sure to keep your leftovers in the fridge or well out of your pets reach.

 

VetShopAustralia wishes their customers and their pets a very Merry Christmas