December 24, 2020

Is it OK to feed Christmas turkey to my dog?

By haziqbinarif


Dear Pete,

Is it OK to feed turkey to my dog? I have been hearing mixed opinions, with some people saying that Christmas dinners often cause gastric upsets and pancreatitis? I want to spoil Bobo, my three year old Cavipoo, but I obviously don’t want to cause him any problems.

RW, Devon

Dear RW,

Digestive upsets caused by overindulgence are probably the most common reason for veterinary emergency call outs over Christmas.

However, there’s nothing inherently wrong with turkey: it’s more that people often go to extremes, feeding large platefuls of dinner leftovers to pets who aren’t used to such rich food. Also, high fat foods (such as turkey skin) can provoke pancreatitis.

To be safe, don’t give Bobo any more than 10 per cent of his total daily food intake as “leftovers”, and stick to low fat items (e.g. turkey breast). Have a lovely Christmas together!  

Dear Pete,

Every time I place the monthly spot-on treatment for fleas on my six year old male Ginger cat, he goes mad and charges out of the door. Is there any other treatment I could use?

BM, Liverpool

Dear BM,

Cats can be sensitive creatures, and there’s no doubt that some cats dislike the tickly sensation of a liquid being applied to the back of their neck. Ask your vet about other options: the latest and best flea treatments are generally released as prescription-only products through vets before reaching the general market.

A different spot-on product may do the trick, and if not, discuss the various oral medications that may help deal with the issue.

Help the last unhomed cat from the Cat Chat Twenty

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