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Dangerous foods for pets to watch out for

The festive season can be a busy time of year for humans, but it’s also a very busy time for our pets.  Festive social events are invariably associated with tasty foods, often placed within reach of companion animals which – if not kept under observation – tend to help themselves. Unfortunately, many festive foods are potentially dangerous to pets.  Dr Anne Fawcett from the University of Sydney’s School of Veterinary Science offers her advice for caring for your pets this festive season.  Here is a list of dangerous foods for pets to watch out for.

Dangerous foods for pets

What to do

If you see your pet eat something that is potentially toxic, take them to your local or emergency veterinarian immediately as your vet may be able to induce vomiting. This can prevent surgery later on, but it needs to be done immediately as there is a short window of time (sometimes as little as 30 minutes) where this is effective.

If your pet ate a food item, bring any packaging with you. If it is a plant item, bring the plant or take a photo of the plant including flowers and leaves to assist in identification.