Safety Tips For Christmas Cheer

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When it comes to writing a Christmas list for your pet, don’t forget to keep safety at the top.

Potential dangers to watch out for:

1. Fatty foods: Sausages, left over ham and crackling are examples of foods that can cause vomiting, diarrhoea or even pancreatitis (a very painful and potentially serious condition) 

2. Cooked bones and BBQ skewers: may cause bowel blockages or perforations if ingested

3. Onions, macadamias, grapes and sultanas are all toxic: these are commonly found in foods eaten at Christmas so beware of feeding leftovers, especially the Christmas pudding!

4. Chocolate: it's highly poisonous for dogs and even a small amount of chocolate can be toxic. Read more here

5. Ribbon: wrappings can cause gut blockages if swallowed by any of our pets

6. Christmas ornaments and lights: cats, kittens and inquisitive dogs, may chew or swallow these 

7. Toxic flowers: the leaves and flowers from plants of the lily (Liliaceae) family including Asian, Day, Easter, Glory, Japanese Show, Peace, Red, Rubrum, Stargaszer, Tiger and Wood lilies are highly toxic to cats and can cause kidney failure if ingested.

Here's a great video of a cat getting up to all sorts of mischief at Christmas.

 


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