With the festive season in full swing, now is the time to gather with loved ones and celebrate with all manner of food and drinks. However, all of this creates an environment in which it is very easy for pets to be exposed to poisons and hazards, so to help you avoid a festive mishap, Chief Veterinary Surgeon for the SPCA, Dr Jane, offers some helpful tips for pet owners on how to keep your furry friends safe during the parade of gatherings this season.
Just like humans, make sure not to over indulge your pets, in particular with fatty foods like turkey skin, bacon, sausages, hot dogs, and deep fried food this Christmas, as this can precipitate pancreatitis in animals that are prone to the condition – especially small breed dogs such as Schnauzers.
It's important to know that several foods are actually harmful to dogs, and can lead to serious health problems. Foods to avoid giving to your four-legged friend include:
As much as we all love festive decorations, there are several important things that you need to remember when decking your halls, if you have pets in your home.
Not all house plants are as innocent as they look when it comes to pets. Lilies of all types, for example can actually cause acute kidney failure in cats, if they nibble on the flowers or drink water from the vase they are contained in. Other yuletide plants such as holly berries and mistletoe can also be toxic to pets, so make sure they are out of reach if you have them in your home this festive season
Who You Gonna Call?
In unfortunate circumstances where you find your pet sick, SPCA’s Wan Chai Centre will remain open over the public holiday. SPCA’s emergency vet services can be reached on +852 2711 1000.
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