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Festive Feeding

Festive feeding (not feasting!) should be carefully monitored and do remember that some human foods normally enjoyed at Christmas can be toxic for pets. Here is the NPM guide to a healthy, safe Christmas for our companions

Festive Feeding 

The Christmas countdown has truly begun and with schools now breaking up, the usual daily tempo is about to change. Whilst in the throes of the festivities, we need to remember that pets thrive on routine and still need their regular exercise. Festive feeding (not feasting!) should be carefully monitored and do remember that some human foods normally enjoyed at Christmas can be toxic for pets.  Here is the NPM guide to a healthy, safe Christmas for our companions:

  1. Whilst it can be tempting to share the Christmas dinner, the kindest thing to do for your pet is to stick to their usual feeding routine. Festive food can be too rich and too fatty leading to tummy upsets and extra calories. 
  2. We’ll be enjoying some foodie treats so we don’t want to totally deprive our pets but remember these should be limited and taken in to account at meal times.
  3. When treating, avoid human foods and table scraps. These can be highly calorific for pets and some can be toxic. Chocolate, grapes, raisins (Christmas cake, mince pies etc), crisps and nuts, xylitol (found in sugar free treats) and liquorice should be well out of reach of pets.  
  4. Other Christmas items such as poinsettia, holly, mistletoe, are toxic to cats and dogs, and beware the Christmas bouquet that contains lilies. 
  5. Toys, playing and exercise are the best treats for pets!

For more information on pets and poisons download the free Animal Welfare Foundation ‘pets and poisons’ leaflet at www.bva-awf.org.uk/pet-care-advice/pets-and-poisons

 Merry Christmas all.  

 

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