Pet Care Blog

By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Friday, 14 December 2018 8:01 AM


Can you believe it’s under 2 weeks ‘til Christmas? This year has flown by so fast! Even though we get busy with family and friend catch up’s and attending many over-catered yet delicious dinners, it definitely is the most wonderful time of the year. And what better time to spoil our beloved fur-kids! There are always great opportunities to spoil them with new toys, beds, treats, fun visits to the river or beach and even decking them out in adorable little Christmas outfits! The biggest opportunity our pets have to be spoilt is on Christmas day when we are all gathered for the Christmas day lunch! There’s usually meat, roast veggies, salads, gravy and sauces, and who could forget Mum’s mouthwatering Christmas pudding!

Even though our pets give us those puppy-dog eyes, or use their seductive affection and purring techniques, we should restrain from feeding our beloved animals food from our plates. Some foods can be very rich and fatty, like meat from the BBQ, fatty cuts of meat and marrow bones. This can cause them to develop a condition called Pancreatitis. Every year our loving vets see many pets around Christmas time because of this condition, and it’s usually caused by them sneaking something off the dinner table! Even though it may seem like a cute or nice idea at the time, Pancreatitis can be fatal so must be treated very seriously.

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By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Saturday, 1 December 2018 9:16 PM
Monthly Behaviour Tip

Christmas and holiday safety

With the festive season approaching, our dogs often get left home alone, or if they are lucky enough to attend the family celebrations; may become a nuisance. Either scenario will require you to ensure your dog’s have plenty to keep them busy throughout the day to allow you to have a relaxing day with your family.

Most of you probably have your house and backyard full of toys for your dog to play with. These toys are often enjoyed by your dog while you are around to show off to. But not so much when you are not home or requires you to pay full attention interacting with the toy and   your dog. By offering toys that involve food your dog will be interested in playing with the toy for longer, by themselves. These ideas do not need to be use only as an entertainment method while you are busy, but may act as a fun Christmas (or any day of the year) activity for your dog to enjoy.

Firstly, it is best to eliminate your dog’s food bowl for that day in order to utilise their days’ worth of kibble for entertainment through the day. Below are some ideas of feeding your dog in to keep him/her busy and entertained without overfilling them with naughty treats. 

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