Don’t poison your pets with festive leftovers

There are a number of common foods that can cause potentially fatal health complications for your pet, ranging from nausea and vomiting to potentially fatal organ complications.

Veterinary experts are advising pet owners to be careful about the kinds of leftovers they feed their pets this festive season.

The list of common foods dangerous to pets includes:

Avocados - They contain a dangerous toxin which can damage the heart, lungs and tissue of many different animals.

Macadamia Nuts - They can be toxic to dogs. Symptoms will likely occur within 12 hours and can include vomiting, hyperthermia and elevated heart rate.

Chocolate - May be toxic or lethal to dogs and other domestic animals, even in small quantities.

Turkey skin, pork crackling, sausages and other fatty meats - Can lead to pancreatitis due to the high fat content.

Onions and garlic - Can cause gastric irritation and anaemia if they are consumed in large quantities.

Grapes and Raisins - Can cause severe acute kidney failure.

So what can we treat our four legged friends with over the holidays?

A big juicy bone is a simple but classic Christmas treat for a dog. Remember to only give your pup raw bones.

One way to a cat’s stomach this Christmas is to pick up a raw chicken neck from the butcher. This gives cats a tasty treat that they can really chow down on. Raw chicken wings are another popular option.

Note: All bones must be raw. Cooked bones can splinter and cause a lot of pain and damage.