- Ham, fatty foods, Christmas pudding, sultanas and macadamias are other foods to avoid giving to pets.
- Experts said that animals can be quite upset due to the change in routine at Christmas.
- Signs to look for include licking of the lips, yawning, ears going back, a tucked tail and a low body to the ground.
Owners are being warned to avoid giving their pets certain Christmas treats or risk turning the joyous day into a nightmare.
RSPCA Chief Veterinarian Bronwyn Oake is urging owners to keep an eye on what their pets are eating over the festive period.
Cooked bones top the naughty list because they break down and can cause gastrointestinal obstruction, Dr. Oke said.
It can also be tempting to give a small piece of ham or other fatty foods to a furry friend, but this can lead to diseases such as pancreatitis in dogs.
“It’s a really painful condition and once it’s there for the first time, your pet is more susceptible to recurrence and it can mean days of hospitalization,” said Dr. Oke. said Dr. Oke.
Other foods to avoid giving pets include chocolate, Christmas pudding, sultanas, macadamias and alcohol.
Pets are “particularly good at sensing foods they shouldn’t eat,” Dr. Oke said.
However, owners should feed them in a separate area away from people who might try to smuggle them a treat.
When it comes to decorating and gift giving, skip the lily. The RSPCA’s chief vet warned they could cause kidney failure in cats.
Christmas tree tinsel is a must but can also make a great toy for kittens – just make sure they don’t eat it.
“If you find that they’re pulling a piece of tonsil out the other end, don’t pull it because it can cause a lot of damage — leave it to your doctor,” said Dr. Oke. said
RSPCA animal behavior specialist Gabrielle Carter said animals can be quite upset because of changes in routine at Christmas, with things being brought in and lots of visitors.
“When things get a little bit unpredictable, that’s when the animals get a little bit uncertain … they don’t know how to deal with the situation,” he said.
Signs to look for include licking of the lips, yawning, ears going back, a tucked tail and a low body to the ground.
In such situations, Dr. Carter recommends moving the animals to a separate area where they feel safe to calm them down and give them treatment.
For those giving an animal as a Christmas present, RSPCA Senior Inspector Steve Cook said it was important to do their research to understand where the animal came from and make sure the recipient Can take care of it for a long time.
The RSPCA can sponsor a pet this Christmas with over 600 animals in care for a thoughtful gift of $50 a day.
“Just sponsoring one… helps us provide for them and keep them waiting for a forever home,” said RSPCA’s Nadia Paris.