The festive season is one to be enjoyed by all the family and includes spending quality time with your pets.
But, be warned, there are a few hidden dangers for your pets around Christmas time.
Large amounts of fatty ham meat can lead to tummy upsets and pancreatitis in dogs. Nitrate, which can be used to preserve hams, can also be poisonous.
Theobromine in chocolate (particularly dark chocolate) is dangerous to pets. It can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, weakness and seizures.
Always ensure your pets have access to plenty of cool, clean water and shade during our hot summer months.
During summer storms many dogs suffer from anxiety and can run away from home to try and escape the storm.
A safe hiding spot will help, but some dogs may require medications to ease this anxiety.
Paralysis, ticks and heartworm
If your pet is lucky enough to go on holidays with you, ensure they are covered for parasites which may not be in our region.
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Hot weather brings out these venomous reptiles. Signs include, but aren’t limited to, vomiting, weakness, trembling and collapse.
Tinsel and other decorations are fun for our pets to play with but could lead to a gastrointestinal foreign body and obstruction. This may require surgery to fix.
Like storms, fireworks can be very frightening for our furry friends.
Summer pool parties are a great way to cool off, but be aware dogs can get disorientated and find it difficult to find the edge to get out.
Lots of our delicious Christmas food is actually dangerous to our pets including grapes, onions, macadamia nuts, alcohol and cooked bones. It’s best to avoid Christmas leftovers being fed to your pets.
Summer time can unfortunately mean bushfire season. Remember to have an evacuation plan for your animals.
Pets aren’t presents
Last but not least, pets don’t make good presents! Pets last more than the silly season and sadly we see a lot of unwanted pets abandoned after Christmas. Think long and hard before welcoming a new addition to the family.