Celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival with your pets

2019-09-11-1

Celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival with your pets
 

[與寵物一起歡度中秋]

中秋佳節,當然少不了與親朋好友一同賞月,享用美食佳餚。不過,節日前後,往往是主人帶寵物求診的高峰。慶祝人「寵」團圓的同時,主人可以如何保障愛貓愛狗的健康?以下是Pets Central的中秋小貼士:

1)   寵物月餅Dos & Don’ts

不少主人都會為貓貓狗狗準備寵物月餅應節,分享節日氣氛。無論是出外購買還是自製月餅,都要注意對寵物健康的影響,仔細選擇口味或食材,盡量確保天然健康。

相比糯米粉,無麩質麵粉會是更適合的材料,因為較易消化,對寵物消化系統造成的負擔較輕。配料方面,雞胸肉、南瓜、無鹽芝士、紅蘿蔔和紫薯適合貓狗食用,是寵物月餅的理想食材。

準備自製月餅的主人可因應寵物喜好調整食譜,但謹記小心選擇材料,不妨事先諮詢獸醫意見。如果有養貓貓,可在月餅中加入貓草。不過,寵物月餅畢竟是零食,主人應避免過量餵食。

2)   留心應節物品

相比傳統燈籠,現時中秋節更流行玩螢光棒,不但造成浪費,更對貓狗構成潛在危險。如果寵物不小心咬到螢光棒,攝入裏面的化學物質,有可能引致不適,出現流口水、嘔吐或刺激皮膚和眼睛等情況。

另外,不少主人會為寵物戴上可愛的柚子帽應節。不過,獸醫並不建議主人讓寵物接觸柚皮。柑橘的氣味會刺激寵物的呼吸系統,而柚皮內的檸檬酸,也可能刺激皮膚,尤其對貓貓而言,極可能引致不適。

3)    水果危機

提子和楊桃是中秋節最常見的應節佳品,但絕不適合給寵物食用。這兩種水果對貓狗而言帶有毒性,嚴重的話可能導致腎功能衰竭。如果真的很難忽略寵物期待的眼神,不妨給他們適量的香蕉或蘋果,只要去除種子和果皮即可。水果中的纖維有益寵物健康,但攝取大多糖份和澱粉質也有可能導致健康問題。
謹記以上小貼士,和寵物一起度過愉快又健康的中秋節吧!

 

 

Festive seasons are meant to be fun and joyous, yet we often see an increase in visits to our clinics. Pets Central’s veterinarians are here to offer some tips on keeping your pets safe and sound this Mid-Autumn Festival.

1. Mooncake dos and don’ts

Many owners make pet-friendly mooncakes to celebrate with their four-legged companions. Whether you’re planning to buy them or make your own, it’s important to make sure the ingredients are all-natural and organic.

It’s best to use gluten-free flour instead of glutinous rice flour, as it’s easier on animal digestive systems. Customisethe recipe with your pet’s favorite food. You may consider chicken breast, pumpkin, unsalted cheese, carrots or sweet potatoes, which are suitable for both cats and dogs. Cat owners can even add catnip.

Be mindful when selecting ingredients and consult a vet if you have any questions. Mooncakes may be a tasty treat, but make sure you feed your pet only a little at a time.

2. Use festive items safely

The use of plastic glow sticks has become a common sight at Mid-Autumn Festival in recent years, but not only do they create unnecessary waste, they can pose a safety hazard for your pets. If they bite into them, the chemicals within can cause adverse reactions, including eye and skin irritations, vomiting or drooling.

Also refrain from putting pomelo hats on your pets, cute as they may be. The citrus may irritate your pet’s respiratory system and the acidity may cause skin irritations. It is especially dangerous for cats.

3. Beware of certain fruits

Grapes and starfruit, popular fruits eaten during Mid-Autumn Festival, are unsuitable for pets. In fact, they can result in kidney failure if ingested. Feed them small amounts of bananas or apples instead, as long as seeds and peels are removed. The fibrein fruit is beneficial to your pet’s health, but taking in too much sugar and starch may also lead to health problems.

Let’s keep our pets safe and sound this festive season. We wish all pet parents and our four-legged friends a happy and healthy Mid-Autumn Festival!

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