Are you aware of the foods that could be potentially harmful or toxic to pets?
One vet hospital in NSW has emailed clients ahead of the festive season, saying while your pet will likely give you those adorable puppy dog or kitten eyes to try to convince you otherwise, it's best to avoid feeding our four-legged friends anything off the "naughty list".
Some of the naughty foods that made list compiled by the team at Orange Vet Hospita included fatty leftovers from meats, grapes or raisins, chocolate, cacao or coffee beans and any onion or garlic; all of the no-no taboo food for pets.
"Christmas ham, turkey skin, sausages and nuts can cause symptoms of gut upset or painful pancreatitis in some pets," the warning read.
"Raisins and grapes in Christmas pudding, for example, unfortunately cause severe kidney damage."
Other varying responses of painful symptoms for pets can include raised blood pressure, increased heart rate, and red blood cell damage.
And, if bones have gone through the cooking process, they won't be found on the nice list either.
The email stated "cooked bones are much more likely to splinter; they can splinter into sharp pieces and cause [extensive] damage to the mouth or gut".
There is, however, certainly a nice list of treats; a range of foods that the OVH team said can be safely enjoyed by all in the spirit of food-bonding this Christmas.
Unless there's specific dietary requirements, some of the treats with the OVH team's tick-of-approval included lean cuts of meat, cooked vegetables, and (some) summer-season fruits.
"And if that's not going so well for you, you can certainly seek free advice from the Australian Animal Poisons Hotline," the email said.
More information can be found on the animal poisons website above. Alternatively, phone the hotline on 1300 869 738 (or 1300 TOX PET).
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