Christmas Pet Care

November 28, 2014

Santa Clause is about to make his deliveries and we are delivering a warning message to all dog owners – KEEP ALL CHOCOLATE OUT OF PAW’S REACH!

Cats are less likely to be interested in sweet treats but you should be aware that dogs might seek out EVERY morsel of chocolate! There is a derivative of caffeine in chocolate (called theobromine) that your dog cannot digest.

Ingestion of chocolate may lead to:

  • Hyperactivity
  • Tremors, panting, racing heart
  • Vomiting and diarrhoea
  • Seizures and even death

As a general rule, the darker the chocolate, the more toxic it is.

What do I do if my dog has eaten chocolate?

Call us as soon as possible. Inducing vomiting and removing the toxic chocolate from your dog’s system will give your dog the best possible chance at a good outcome. Severe toxicities may require more intensive treatment and longer stays in hospital.

Christmas is a special time of year and it should be a great time for your furry friend too. Here are our top three tips to help keep your pet happy and healthy this Christmas.

  1. Avoid human food

We are often presented with pets who have over indulged over the Christmas period so PLEASE resist feeding your pet ham, turkey or fatty left overs – they can cause tummy upsets and/or pancreatitis as all these foods are too rich for your pets. Keep all chocolate and fruit laden Christmas cakes out of reach and NEVER feed your pet cooked bones.

  1. Watch out for potential hazards

Remember your pet might find all the Christmas trimmings very interesting and tasty! Christmas ornaments, electrical wires, ribbon, string and wrapping paper can all cause a problem if ingested and could result in a blockage. Remember that ingestion of stems, stamen or the flowers of Christmas lilies can cause kidney failure in cats.

  1. Make plans for your pet

Give your pet plenty of love and attention over Christmas – it is a hectic time of year and your pet will pick up on this. Don’t forget your pet on Christmas Day; plan some fun for your pet too. Stuff their stockings with a new toy to keep them occupied during the day – pop in to our clinic to pick up an appropriate gift for your pet. It can also be a hot day so remember to provide lots of shade and fresh cool water if your dog is spending the day on the beach with you. If your cat stresses with too many people around, perhaps close it in a room with a comfortable bed, water, food and litter tray until your guests leave.

Have a pawsatively happy Festive Season!