Wondering what to do for your pet this Christmas? Confused about which treats are safe and healthy? Perhaps worried about organic dog food? Or pondering whether your cat should be vegan? Or just desperate to know how to avoid emergency vet trips on Christmas day? Read on!
Treats for dogs at Christmas?
Lets get this out of the way. Diet changes frequently cause gastric upsets in dogs and cats. Pancreatitis, diarrhoea, vomiting – the whole works. And it is the last thing you want to see at Christmas.
Often pancreatitis (a life threatening sore tummy) is caused by too much rich food. We know you love to spoil your pet, but perhaps at Christmas, when your regular vet isn’t open, stick to treats you already know they love. The ones that wont upset their tummy. And keep it in moderation!
Try to avoid the following
- Bones -especially ham bones. Often fatty, ham is high in salt. Frequently cause pancreatitis. Not to mention obstructions from sharp bones, cracked teeth, etc. Bones can be really high risk treats. Avoid.
- The fat from the ham – Most common cause of dogs in hospital at Christmas. High in salt, the fat is too rich and causes an inflammatory pancreatitis. AVOID
- Sausages from the BBQ – what dog doesn’t love the left overs? The fat, the sausages themselves, the off cuts of the steak? All of these are high risk treats known to trigger pancreatitis. AVOID
- Seafood – and seafood off-cuts. While lower in fat, seafood (particularly left overs) has a higher chance of dangerous levels of food poisoning contamination. Not to mention the shells of both prawns, bugs, and shellfish can cut your pets stomach and intestines! AVOID
Alternative gift ideas for pets?
Your dog will love attention more than anything. Plan to include them in the family outing. Take them too the beach, or the local creek. Give them a car ride, or an extra special pat. make a ceremony or a game out of meal time. Using the same meal you can play hide and seek!
Some dogs enjoy toys too. Be careful with toys – see our page on TOYS for advice on what toys can be harmful. Most good quality toys are fine unless your dog is one of those dogs that destroys everything. If your dog is one of those, be extremely careful!
Small amounts of their regular treats are probably the best thing you can do in terms of food at Christmas, but even the most food orientated dog will appreciate attention and being made to feel special!