Your pets are an important part of the family, so, of course, you want to include them in your Christmas celebrations by offering them their very own treats. However, giving your pet treats that are made for people you could be compromising their health. Find out how you can avoid spending Christmas at the emergency veterinary clinic because your pet has eaten something they shouldn’t have.

Safe Treats for Dogs

If you’re in the holiday baking mood, there are many different treats you can make that your dog will love. Your own delicious treats might seem fine, but many ingredients that are safe for us can be toxic to dogs.

You can buy special pet treats for your dog or you can easily make your own. Remember to avoid anything containing:

  • Onion
  • Chocolate
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Cooked bones
  • Anything with sugar or artificial sweeteners
  • Salty snacks and people treats
  • Fatty or fried foods

Safe Treats for Cats

Many of the same foods that are toxic to dogs also apply to cats, although they do tend to be a bit fussier about what they eat. Most cats are lactose intolerant so avoid giving them cow’s milk. Keep in mind that cats can and will jump onto tables and countertops, and they are extremely good at getting into places they shouldn’t be.

Your cat will appreciate a treat of raw chicken or meat, small amounts of lean, cooked meat or salmon, and even cooked eggs. Cats love peace and quiet as well as routine. Remember to make sure your cat has somewhere private to hang out if you’re having guests over for Christmas celebrations.

Don’t Overfeed Them

It’s important to monitor your pet’s food intake and not overfeed them. This applies to any time of the year, but with a busy lifestyle and Christmas preparations underway, it can be easy to overlook how much your pet is eating.

When there are multiple family members coming and going, it’s easy for someone to feed your pet seconds or thirds. Communication is key.

Take Care with Non-Food Items

Now you know what not to feed your pet, what about all those non-food items lying around that could be eaten?

Puppies and kittens are notorious for getting into mischief and chewing on inappropriate things. With Christmas celebrations in full swing, it’s easy to forget your pet’s playfulness could harm their health.

Specialist Veterinary Services in Sydney

If you need nutritional advice for your pet during Christmas or have any other veterinary issues, speak to our specialist vets at Sydney Veterinary Emergency & Specialists today. Book an appointment from Monday to Friday 8:30am-6pm or contact us for emergency and after-hours care. Call us on (02) 9197 5800, contact us online or learn more about our services.