Sharing Christmas With your Furbabies
Dogs and cats should be allowed to enjoy a treat with their family on special occasions, but it’s important to be wary of what is the right treats to indulge your pet. Vets and pet experts reportedly warn against feeding our pets these common Christmas foods:
Avocado is a surprising addition to this list. While it’s not a very dangerous food, the pit of the avocado and other stone fruits can pose a risk if swallowed. Avocado, also, is high in fats and could contribute to cardiovascular problems. There are many healthy fruits and vegetables to feed your pet as a fresh snack, such as cucumber, or celery.
Anything high in salt or sugar, including artificial sweeteners and flavours. Your cats and dogs come from a long line of wild animals, and though we’ve domesticated them and brought them into our loving families, they still share much of the biology as their ancestors. They aren’t like humans and our ability to process the additives we find in our favourite salty or sweet Christmas treats.
Sharing your Christmas indulgences with your pet is a lovely idea and, when executed properly, can bring your family and your pet a lot of joy. Passing your furbaby a bit of cheese like cheddar and swiss from your charcuterie board is a fun idea, but avoid giving them grapes.
Don’t forget your pet also needs its usual meal, as consistency is vital for a pet. Raw food scraps from your meat dishes are a great way to save rubbish and indulge your pet, provided there’s no additives like extra salt or onion and garlic. Cooked chicken or ham is a great treat, as long as you ensure there are no bones. If you want to be sure you’re feeding your pet a safe treat, you can check out the treats we have available on our website, as well as meat cut-offs on Sunshine Coast Organic Meats.
Most of all, have a Merry Christmas!