Christmas is a great time for pets – lots of extra attention, time to spend with their owners and maybe even a present or two, but there are some risks that pet owners should be aware of.

Christmas is often a time for big meals and feasting, and I think it’s fine for the dog or cat to have a little lean turkey or ham. On the other hand, there are some foods that pets should not be given, including any cooked bones, chocolate, coffee, tea, macadamia nuts, grapes, raisins, lots of very fatty meat, and of course alcohol. 

              
 
1. Toxic plants - many pet owners are unaware that holly, mistletoe, lilies and pine needles can all be toxic. Pine needles from trees can cause some stomach irritation and upset if eaten. or even small toys, all of which can be a problem if eaten by a hungry dog or cat. Keep cats and dogs away from your Christmas tree.
                                   
 
2. Wrapping ribbon and paper - cats particularly like to play and eat with pieces of ribbon. These can get stuck in the stomach and have to be surgically removed later (oh no!).
                          
 
3. Holiday lights and candles - these are so pretty! Make sure they're out of reach so puppies can't play with them and cats won't chew on the cords.
             
4. Food hazards - remember that pets can't eat chocolate, alcohol, onions or garlic. Turkey is usually safe as it's not too fatty. 
 
                            
5. Christmas decorations - they look fantastic but keep a close eye on your new puppy who might think they're a great chew toy.  You don't want to spend Christmas at the Emergency Centre.

If you think your dog or cat might have eaten something they shouldn’t or gotten into trouble over Christmas, please feel free to call us on 2915 7979 - Animal Emergency Centre . We’re open 24 hours and are always happy to give advice.

Many vet clinics will be closed during Christmas and holiday period. Always save the nearest 24-hour vet contact for the emergency . Click here for the most update list for Hong Kong pet owners. 
 
Merry Christmas Everyone! - Vetopia Team