Christmas is a time for indulgence and that can go for your pet rabbit too – especially as they are renowned for having a sweet tooth.
But that doesn’t mean they can hoover up anything – they love a variety of foods but should always eat a natural, vegetarian diet that is high in fibre.
When feeding rabbits treats, it can be easy to overindulge them, so make sure you’re just giving them something small that’s in moderation with their normal diet. If you have any questions we’re here to advise you – just contact us for more information.
You may feel tempted to give your rabbit some of your own Christmas treats but our vet, Kate, warns you should never do that as they may be dangerous. Chocolate in particular is bad for bunnies.
Instead, why not take a look at this list from Walton Lodge Vets and create a festive feast for your pet that’s healthy too?
What can I feed my rabbit as a treat?
Because of their sweet tooth, rabbits just love to eat fruit, so this is a great option for a treat. However, it’s always best to choose fresh fruit, as the dried versions tend to have higher sugar content. Here are some fruits that rabbits enjoy:
- Apples (no seeds)
What to avoid when treating your rabbit
Do not feed your rabbit foods that are high in carbohydrates, like breads, crackers, pasta, pretzels, crisps or cereals.
With so much delicious fresh fruit now available all year round, you can make your rabbit feel like Easter’s come early this Christmas. And remember, you can always contact us if you have any queries about your rabbit’s nutrition.
One of the best things about Christmas is the volume of yummy things around the house – and our dogs tend to agree.
However, some festive treats can be very dangerous for dogs, so it’s important to keep them out of reach.
We’ve listed some common offenders below, but if there’s anything you’re unsure about, remember that you can ask our vet nurses for advice.
Plus, if you suspect your dog has eaten or drunk anything that could harm them, don’t hesitate to call us on 01202 747678.
Foods that are toxic for dogs include:
- Chocolate – This much-loved sweet stuff contains a substance known as theobromine, which is poisonous for dogs and can make them extremely ill. Dark chocolate is the most toxic, but paler chocolates can also contain risky amounts. Unfortunately, dogs often love the smell of chocolate and will find it easily, so make sure it’s somewhere they can’t get it.
- Nuts – The fat in nuts can make them difficult for dogs to digest; and if they swallow nuts whole, they can cause internal obstructions, which can cause serious clinical problems.
- Raisins and grapes – These contain an ingredient which can cause kidney failure in our canine companions, so don’t give your dog any Christmas pudding or mince pies.
- Christmas dinner ingredients – Poultry skin and gravy are high in fat; while onions and garlic contain thiosulphate – both of which can cause vomiting and diarrhoea (and lead to more serious complications). Anything heavily spiced or seasoned can also cause problems, as your dog’s stomach isn’t used to it. Stuffing is a typical example.
- Cooked poultry bones – It might seem generous to let your dog chew on tasty bones, but they become brittle during cooking and can splinter inside your dog, causing injuries to their stomach and digestive system. Chicken and turkey bones are particularly dangerous.
In case you ever have an urgent problem, take a look at how we handle emergencies at our 101 North Road clinic.
Would you like a contented cat this Christmas?
We’ve got lots of great festive gift ideas – so Emma and our other vet nurses have put together a little list of favourites to help your Christmas shopping.
If you’ve got other ideas that you’d like to run by us, or you need specific advice about your cat, please also feel welcome to visit our friendly vet clinic in Poole or give us a call.
So, here’s our rundown of gifts to make your feline friend purr with delight…
- Catnip toys – The chemical in catnip makes cats feel excited, so a small toy filled with it is bound to give them hours of fun.
- Cat treats – Christmas is often a time of over-indulgence, so it’s important not to overdo it – but a few festive treats will help your cat get into the seasonal spirit. Try some varied options to see what they like most.
- Scratching posts – Give your cat AND yourself a treat with a new scratching post. For them: An entertaining new pastime. For you: Choose a style to suit your décor and limit scratch damage to your furniture.
- Interactive toys – Upgrade your cat’s playtime with some interactive toys, like chasing balls through tubes, catching butterflies or working out puzzles to get hidden treats. It’s also handy for you, as you know your cat is having fun while you get on with other things.
Don’t forget to ask us if there’s anything you’re unsure about, or a particular challenge you want to solve with a gift.