Keep your pets happy, healthy and safe this Christ­mas

Pilbara News - - News - Ce­leste Holtzhausen

Watch out for po­ten­tial haz­ards

Santa is about to make his de­liv­er­ies and with it comes a warn­ing mes­sage to all dog own­ers — keep all chocolate out of paw’s reach.

Cats are less likely to be in­ter­ested in sweet treats but dogs will seek out ev­ery morsel of chocolate.

There is a de­riv­a­tive of caf­feine in chocolate called theo­bromine that dogs can­not digest.

As a gen­eral rule, the darker the chocolate, the more toxic it is to our ca­nine friends.

In­ges­tion of chocolate may lead to hy­per­ac­tiv­ity, tremors, pant­ing, rac­ing heart, vom­it­ing, di­ar­rhoea, seizures and even death.

If your dog has eaten chocolate, call a vet as soon as pos­si­ble.

In­duc­ing vom­it­ing and re­mov­ing the toxic chocolate from your dog’s sys­tem will give your dog the best pos­si­ble chance of a good out­come.

Se­vere tox­i­c­i­ties may re­quire more in­ten­sive treat­ment and longer stays in ve­teri­nary hos­pi­tal.

Christ­mas is a spe­cial time of year and it should be a great time for our furry friends too.

Here are our top three tips to help keep your pet happy and healthy this Christ­mas.

Avoid hu­man food

We are of­ten pre­sented with pets who have overindulged over the Christ­mas pe­riod, so please re­sist feed­ing your pet ham, tur­key or fatty left­overs — they can cause stom­ach up­sets and/or pan­cre­ati­tis as all th­ese foods are too rich for your pets.

Keep all chocolate and fruit­laden Christ­mas cake out of reach and never feed your pet cooked bones. Re­mem­ber your pet might find all the Christ­mas trim­mings very in­ter­est­ing and tasty.

Christ­mas or na­ments, elec­tri­cal wires, rib­bon, string and wrap­ping pa­per can all cause a prob­lem if in­gested and could re­sult in a block­age. Re­mem­ber that the in­ges­tion of stems, sta­men or the flow­ers of Christ­mas lilies can cause kid­ney fail­ure in cats.

Make plans for your pet

Give your pet plenty of love and at­ten­tion over Christ­mas — it is a hec­tic time of year and your pet will pick up on this.

Don’t forget your pet on Christ­mas Day; plan some fun for your pet too.

Stuff their stock­ings with a new toy to keep them oc­cu­pied dur­ing the day.

It can also be a hot day, so re­mem­ber to pro­vide lots of shade and fresh cool wa­ter if your dog is on the beach with you.

If your cat stresses with too many peo­ple around, per­haps close it in a room with a com­fort­able bed, wa­ter, food and litter tray un­til your guests leave.

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