What not to feed your pets over Christmas

WHILE the holiday period should be fun for all family members, pet owners have been warned to watch what they give their pets over the festive season.

Petbarn Gladstone store manager Sarah Webster said pet owners should resist the temptation to slip their pets Christmas food scraps under the table, because rich foods could be detrimental to their pet's health and wellbeing.

"Feeding your four-legged friend Christmas leftovers including cooked bones, ham offcuts, trimmed steak and sausages can cause problems such as obstruction and pancreatitis, which in turn could be potentially fatal and require serious medical attention," she said.

"It's important to keep your pet's diet consistent all year round.

"Animals have very different digestive systems and metabolism rates compared to humans, so take care when choosing what treats to give your pet.

"Remember that pet specific treats are always the best."

Pet owners should be alert when cooking the summer barbecue, because onions and garlic are toxic to cats and dogs and can cause liver damage.

Feeding pets tomatoes can also be dangerous because they contain atropine, which causes vomiting, diarrhoea and can leave your pet feeling weak and lethargic.

Christmas sweets including candy canes and chocolates should be kept away from animals.

Sweet treats can cause vomiting and diarrhoea and can result in seizures and heart failure.

Other sweets to avoid include Christmas pudding, grapes and macadamia nuts.

Greencross Vets echoes the warning, with the festive season being a busy one.

"December and January are our busiest times for tummy upsets at our clinics," veterinary director Nick Taylor said.

Topics:  animals christmas gladstone petbarn pets

Gladstone's best teacher revealed

CLASS FAVOURITE: Shelley Slade, head of special education services at Gladstone State High School, was named by Observer readers as Gladstone's favourite teacher. Pictured with students Kody Walsh, 13, and Phoebie Walker-Woodrow, 15.

The Observer put the call out for Gladstone's best teacher

Swipe at Labor over multi-million dollar local project delay

FLYING VISIT: Farmer Rob Lovegrove, Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry  visit Mr Lovegrove's farm near Rockhampton.

JOYCE'S passionate plea for approval of multi-million dollar project

Curtis Island workers could be axed in new job cuts

Santos has reported a US$1 billion loss for the first half of this year.

Santos has started a new round of job cuts across the company.

Local Partners

Angus T. Jones got miserable on Two and a Half Men

Child star's misery while shooting 'Two and a Half Men'

Bachelorette shock: "This isn't how it's supposed to go!"

Georgia Love pictured in a scene from The Bachelorette finale.

GEORGIA chooses Lee and leaves Matty J heartbroken.

Radio presenter's shocking joke about Dreamworld victims

Images from the scene after four people died on a ride at Dreamworld at the Gold Coast

Radio host taken off air after tactless Dreamworld joke

The Bachelorette fans rally around devastated Matty J

The Bachelorette runner-up Matty Johnson.

CALLS for reality dating show's runner-up to be the next Bachelor.

The Bachelorette finale: Georgia declares her love for Lee

Georgia Love with The Bachelorette winner Lee Elliott.

MATTY J left heartbroken in emotional grand final.

Buy your own brothel: Scarlet Harem for sale

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS: The Coast's first brothel, Scarlet Harem at Kunda Park, is up for sale.

Coast brothel madam sells up

Investors eye new local estate with dirt cheap property

A new estate, Aquatic Vista, has opened at Agnes Water.

BUYERS to go crazy for an entire new estate put on the market.

Want to own one of Australia's best restaurants?

TOP GONG: Mooloolaba Spice Bar has been named in TripAdvisor's Top 10 Australian restaurants for 2016.

Here's your chance to pick up one of the Coast's favourite eateries

OPINION: Banks fear Gladstone future: Councillor

REGIONAL Queensland deserves a helping hand on housing.

Bank reclaims Goondoon St complex plan, places on the market

Multi-million dollar development plan up for sale.

MULTI-MILLION dollar plan for Goondoon St complex on the market.

Tough times in CBD: Woolies says goodbye Ipswich

Woolworths in the Ipswich Mall.Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

The last day of trading will be January 1

Coles to pay new owner of Tannum servo $320K

UP FOR GRABS: Expressions of interest in Tannum's new service station, which will house the new Coles Express, closed this month.

INVESTORS bid for new Tannum service station under construction.