Dec 18 2017

Naughty or Nice Christmas Food for you Pets

Christmas is fast approaching and as we all know, everyone tends to overindulge during this festive time of year. It’s easy to slip and give your pets a little something extra as a treat but it’s important to know what you can feed and what could cause your pet harm.


  • Fatty foods – Sausages, bacon, off cuts or fat from any meats including ham and turkey. Even a small amount of fat can cause issues in our pets from gastroenteritis to pancreatitis.
  • Nuts –All types of nuts should be avoided due to the high level of fat and they can cause digestive upset. Macadamia nuts, walnuts and pecans are especially dangerous as they contain a toxin that causes seizures or neurological symptoms.
  • Chocolate – Contains cocoa which contains a compound called theobromine. This compound affects the nervous system and causes a number of symptoms from hyperactivity, restlessness, tremors, vomiting, seizures, increased drinking and urinating and increased heart rate. The more cocoa in the chocolate the worse for your pet. Dark chocolate contains more than milk or white chocolate.
  • Cooked Bones – While raw bones given appropriately can be of benefit for dental health, cooked bones should never be given to your pets. Cooked bones can not be digested and as such can cause intestinal blockages and constipation. Cooked bones can also splinter and cause perforation or rupture to the gut or intestines.
  • Grapes or raisins/sultanas – Grapes and raisins/sultanas cause acute (sudden) kidney failure and must be treated as an emergency. Symptoms may include vomiting, cessation of urination, weakness, stomach pain, mouth ulcers, tremors or seizures.


  • Low-fat lean meat such as boiled chicken breast or cooked fish (no bones) can be given as a treat in small amounts.
  • Vegetables such a carrot, zucchini, cucumber or broccoli. These can be given cooked or raw as a treat.
  • Fruit such as seedless watermelon, apple (no seeds) or banana. Keep in mind these are high in sugar and should only be given occasionally as a treat in small amounts.

These foods do not replace a balanced and complete diet.

From everyone at CAH we wish you and your fur family a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

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