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What's NOT on the menu this Christmas?

Christmas Dinner…….. Minus the Trimmings

Sunnybank Veterinary Clinic, By Jo Tolley December 2014


Christmas is a time for family and giving. Of course this includes our furry family members. With Celebration on our minds, FESTIVE FEASTS are abundant during the silly season. It is easy to give into loving eyes when sharing our indulgent treats, but please think twice before inviting your barking, meowing, slithering or chirping family members to Christmas dinner.

What’s on the on the menu this year? Garlic coated ham, caramelised onions, juicy lamb cutlets, rich fruit cake and a nibbling of chocolate. All washed down with your favourite cold beverage! When you and I may end up with a stomach ache or a slumbering “food coma” a Christmas menu such as this may cause medical disaster for your pet.



The following list includes a number of foods that are extremely dangerous and potentially life threating to our favourite family members.


Fatty Meats: The fat in our favourite meat can cause gastrointestinal upset or pancreatitis. Pancreatitis is the inflammation of the pancreas and symptoms may include abdominal pain, lethargy, in appetence, anorexia, vomiting and diarrhoea.

Chocolate/Cocoa: One more won’t hurt. Well It’s a different story for your pet. Chocolate is highly toxic and causes heart palpations, arrhythmias, seizures, vomiting and diarrhoea…. So hide the sweet treats.


Alcohol/Caffeine:  Your festive beverage is harmful to your pet causing vomiting diarrhoea as well as depression, slow respiration rate, excitement and potential cardiac arrest. Hops (found in beer) causes dangerously elevated temperatures, muscle tremors and seizures not to mention the caffeine found in many “mixers”.

Christmas Cake/ Pudding: Packed full of dried fruit (raisins/grapes) which cause kidney and liver failure, nuts (especially macadamia) which may causes weakness, panting and nervous system damage AND alcohol this tasty Christmas dessert is extremely toxic to your pet.


Avocado: Found in many of our tasty dips and Christmas salads avocado causes vomiting diarrhoea and heart congestion.


Cooked Bones: Bones pose numerous threats to your pet. They can fracture teeth cause constipation and become lodged in the mouth/throat. Bones can become stuck in the digestive tract and require emergency surgical removal.


Onions/Garlic:  We love some extra flavour but onions and garlic damage red blood cells in our pets and can cause anaemia.


So trim the trimmings from your pets meal and avoid an emergency this Christmas!