Keeping pets safe in the festive season

Christmas can be exciting and full of treats for us, but full of new dangers for pets warns veterinarian Dr Leonie Richards from the University of Melbourne’s U-Vet clinic in Werribee.

Festive tips for pets:

  • Chocolate – is toxic to dogs and cats, even in small quantities
  • Avocadoes and macadamia nuts – can be toxic to dogs
  • Fatty foods like turkey skin, pork crackling, sausages meats – can lead to inflammation of the pancreas due to the high fat content
  • Onions and garlic – can cause gastric irritation and anaemia if they are consumed in large quantities
  • Grapes and raisins – can cause acute kidney failure
  • Christmas decorations and cooked bones- if eaten can cause obstruction of the intestine and require surgery

Read more tips from Dr Richards at the University of Melbourne’s Newsroom.