Elaine Pendlebury, PDSA Senior Veterinary Surgeon, says: “Raisins, sultanas and onions are all toxic to cats and dogs, and sometimes can cause severe illness. Foods containing these items, such as stuffing, mince pies, Christmas cake and pudding, should never be given to pets. Owners should also remember not to feed their pets bones and to dispose of leftover food carefully.”
Other Christmas foods that can be toxic to pets are chocolate and macademia nuts. The effects of these foods vary, but can include drooling, vomiting, diarrhoea, shaking and breathing problems. In severe cases, some of these foods can even prove fatal if eaten.
One pet that will only be getting healthy treats this Christmas is six-month-old Milo, a Jack Russell Terrier from Birmingham, who had to undergo complex surgery after a wishbone from a discarded chicken carcass got stuck in his throat. PDSA vets operated for two hours to remove it, and thankfully Milo made a full recovery.
In order to avoid a costly Christmas emergency trip to the vet, PDSA is urging pet owners to resist the temptation to give pets human food and instead give them a healthy treat.