Festive food dangers

MON OCT 31 2016

With the festive season upon us it is best to watch the waistline this holiday period. It is just as important with pets so be very careful what you feed them. It can be very tempting to give them tid bits and leftovers at Christmas however they are at risk of serious illness.

Suddenly changing a pet's diet can cause gastric upset like vomiting or diarrhoea which can lead to lethargy and dehydration. Feeding them fatty foods can cause serious and sometimes fatal diseases like pancreatitis. Moreover feeding cooked bones can lead to gastric upset, blockage or constipation all of which are very painful and in some cases life-threatening.

If your pet is food obsessed it can be very tempting to sneak them a morsel.

A few pointers to help your pet overcome their pestering:

  • Keep them separate at feeding times
  • Give them their dinner whilst you are eating is a good distraction tool
  • Splitting their food into breakfast and dinner will help prevent gorging or begging
  • Withholding a few of their biscuits (from their breakfast portion) to use as treats or rewards over the course of the day will stop extra calories being consumed
  • Exercise Exercise Exercise - a tired worn out pet will be less likely to develop compulsive behaviours and will help them stay trim

So this Christmas remember to watch what you feed your pet so that they stay healthy this holiday season.

Posted by Dr Elise Barry

Dr. Elise grew up on the Gold Coast with a hobby farm and a back yard full of pets. Elise now resides in Melbourne with her husband, bub, and a rescue Labrador x Kelpie named Rumpold. Having always wanted to be a Veterinarian Elise completed a Science degree in Brisbane before moving to Sydney to complete a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from The University of Sydney. Elise worked in Australia and the UK before completing a Diploma in Wildlife Management in South Africa. Elise now spends her days teaching children about pet safety, playing with Rumpold and attempting yoga.

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