You can include your pet in the festivities this Christmas, you just need to do it safely. So far we have talked about foods, drinks and plants that your pet should avoid. But are there any Christmas foods you can give your pet?
We do advise that dog and cat specific food and treats are always the best option for your pet, however here’s a guide to giving your pet a few human Christmas treats safely.
Your dog or cat can enjoy small amounts of boneless, skinless, cooked white meat. Turkey and chicken if prepared correctly can be a very lean and healthy treat. Remember not to give your pet any meat that is seasoned with salt, onion, garlic, sage or chives.
Pure cranberry sauce can be given to your dog in very small amounts so long as it has nothing else added like sweeteners or other fruits, nuts etc… Try pure cranberry sauce on a piece of turkey for something a little extra special.
Moderation is very important when it comes to giving your dog potatoes as regardless of how they are prepared, they are very starchy, which dogs can struggle to digest. Only feed your dog plain mashed or boiled potatoes and ensure they are free from any butter or seasoning.
Some vegetables can be a healthy and tasty treat for your dog, but remember to take it easy as they are not used to eating great quantities of such fibrous foods. Vegetables you can feed your dog in moderation are carrots, parsnips, green beans, courgette, Brussel sprouts, broccoli florets (very small amount only), peas, spinach and cauliflower. Most green or mixed vegetables are fine for dogs. Avoid corn on the cob and bulb vegetables such as onions, shallots, leeks and garlic.
Poached or scrambled eggs could be a great little treat for your dog, cooked without milk, butter and salt of course. Eggs will provide your dog with protein, vitamins and minerals, making them good for your dog’s health in moderation. Always ensure eggs are cooked through completely before serving them to your dog to avoid the risk of salmonella.
‘Tis the season to be jolly after all! Be jolly in the kitchen and make your dog some tasty homemade treats. Try these for size – www.puppyleaks.com/simple-dog-treat-recipes/
We stock a range of healthy pet treats in our practices, pop down and take a look or get in touch if you would like any advice.
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What to do in an emergency
If your pet is feeling unwell, contact our Emergency Care Service immediately, on 01527 889810 even if it’s out of hours – we have emergency cover throughout the holidays. Don’t wait for symptoms to appear as early treatment is critical. If the illness if food related, tell us how much of the item your pet has eaten and bring the packaging to our Bromsgrove surgery if you are advised that your pet needs to be seen by a Vet.
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