Toowoomba vet Robert McMaster, who has urged residents to keep it boring this year, is pictured with beloved pet Polly.
Toowoomba vet Robert McMaster, who has urged residents to keep it boring this year, is pictured with beloved pet Polly.

Rich treats a no-no for pets

KEEP it boring is what Herriot House Veterinary Surgery vet Robert McMaster is urging residents who want to give their beloved pets treats at Christmas this year.

Mr McMaster said the worst thing people could do for their pets was to let them join in the festivities of Christmas and let them share in the rich food.

"Don't give them leftovers," he said.

"Avoid feeding them bones, especially ham bones and cooked bones which can get stuck in their mouths or stomachs and require surgery.

"Stay away from chocolate, onion and garlic as well - those foods are toxic to dogs."

Mr McMaster said a little bit of those foods was not going to cause any problems, but it should be avoided.

He said to stick to routines and give them the same treats owners would at any other time of the year.

"If you want them to live a long life, keep it boring," he said. "If you don't, you will do them more harm than good."

Mr McMaster said the most common injuries he saw in pets over the holiday period were cricket-related injuries.

He said he had treated dogs many times over for knee-ligament injuries after they had joined in a game of backyard cricket.

 

WHAT NOT TO FEED YOUR PETS AT CHRISTMAS

  •  Avocados
  •  Macadamia nuts
  •  Chocolate
  •  Turkey skin
  •  Pork crackling
  •  Sausages and other fatty meats
  •  Onions and garlic
  •  Ham bones and cooked bones
  •  Grapes and raisins

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