Don’t risk your pet’s life

Chinchilla News - - NEWS OPINION -

❝hu­man ...not all treats are safe for an­i­mals.

— Clare Hunter

IT’S Christ­mas time for pets too, but don’t risk their lives this fes­tive sea­son.

Queens­lan­ders have been re­minded to en­sure their pets do not con­sume hu­man food over Christ­mas af­ter new RACQ re­search has re­vealed more than one in five pets has ac­ci­den­tally eaten cho­co­late in the past.

RACQ spokesper­son Clare Hunter said while al­most ev­ery­one sur­veyed knew the risks, al­most 21 per cent ad­mit­ted their pet had con­sumed the sweet treat.

“While it’s won­der­ful to in­dulge your four-legged friends at Christ­mas, it’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber not all hu­man treats are safe for an­i­mals,” Ms Hunter said.

“Cho­co­late, dried fruit and nuts are all no-nos for dogs and cats – so while you may mean well, please don’t share your fruit mince pies or choco­lates with your pets.

“Other foods which can be toxic for an­i­mals in­clude onions, chives, gar­lic and leeks, so be care­ful how much of your Christ­mas roast you share with your pets.”

Ms Hunter re­minded pet own­ers to be vig­i­lant about where they left food around their an­i­mals.

“Dogs can sniff out food and have been known to get into gifts left un­der the tree, some­times eat­ing straight through the paper,” she said.

“Make sure you don’t leave food out so there’s no way your fur ba­bies can get into any trou­ble when you’re not home – you wouldn’t want to have to make an emer­gency vet visit over the hol­i­day pe­riod.”

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