12 Day(ngers) of Christmas – Day 3

Dog

On the 3rd day of Christmas, my owner accidentally gave to me … 

Onions (and garlic, leeks, shallots and chives)

Onions, garlic, leeks, shallots and chives all belong to the Allium species of plants and can cause toxicity, whether uncooked or cooked. Initially there can be vomiting and diarrhoea but the main effect is damage to red blood cells, resulting in anaemia. This may not be apparent for several days after ingestion.

 

Cat

On the 3rd day of Christmas, my owner accidentally gave to me… 

Christmas lights

Christmas lights can pose a real danger to cats if they decide to chew on any electrical wiring. Ensure you cover any exposed wires leading to the tree with plastic or cardboard tubes, and switch lights off at the mains when you’re not around to supervise your cat. Battery powered LED lights are also a good option instead.

 

Rabbit

On the 3rd day of Christmas, my owner accidentally gave to me… 

Gift wrap

Gift wrap and sellotape are not safe for your rabbit to eat but some of the more mischievous bunnies may be drawn to these playthings. As a substitute give them hay wrapped in brown paper. Your rabbit will love unwrapping they paper to get to the yummy hay.

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