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Naughty and Nice List for pets over the Festive Season

By Helen Burns | Dated December 3, 2018

It’s Christmas time and of course we all want to indulge our  fur babies. So, at Gordon Vet we have made  a list of those things to avoid, as well as a few tasty suggestions as well!


Naughty (Definitely Avoid These)
Lean turkey or chicken meat Coffee,  alcohol


Dog chocs (which are not chocolate) Chocolate esp dark chocolate and cooking chocolate, macadamia nuts


Veggies apart from those in the naughty list. Onions, garlic, chives, leeks


Fill a Kong with mashed potato, steamed chicken and some frozen carrots and peas for a Kong Pot Pie (courtesy of Kong) Grapes and sultanas (avoid Christmas cake and puddings). Avoid macadamia nuts.


Frozen banana delights courtesy of PAW. Blend together 2 ripe mashed bananas, 3 tbsp peanut butter (xylitol-free), 3 cups low fat yoghurt. Freeze in ice cube trays and enjoy! Bones, whether cooked or raw.

Avoid fatty table scraps which can lead to pancreatitis. Kebab skewers left lying around with seafood or meat juices on them, seem good enough for any dog to eat.

Apple and honey pupsicles courtesy of PAW. 340g low fat yoghurt, 1/3 cup pureed apples, 2tbsp peanut butter, 2tbsp honey. Combine ingredients then freeze in an ice block mould. Lily flowers for cats. Care with tinsel. Crazy cats can get up to all sorts of mischief with tinsel, including eating it.


Chicken pupsicles courtesy of PAW. 1 cup chicken stock (garlic and onion free),1/2 cup water, 40g finely diced cooked chicken, carrot sticks. Combine ingredients and place into ice block moulds. Use carrot stick  for the ice block stick. Freeze. Care with the open front door. While it sounds obvious, when everyone is distracted by arrival of the favourite aunt, take care that your pet doesn’t choose that moment to dash through the door.


And for your feathered family members, avoid stone fruit stones, pear and apple seeds, avocadoes and rhubarb. Also take care to avoid the fumes from Teflon coated cookware as you  cook up a storm.

Imogene letting some pets know they have made the Naughty List.

Written by Helen Burns

Helen graduated from Sydney Uni in 1997 with First Class Honours and worked in a practice on the Northern Beaches for 16 years. Helen joined the Gordon Vet team early in 2014 and our clients have really enjoyed getting to know her. She loves being a vet and takes a keen interest in all of her patients. Her gentle, friendly nature helps pets to feel relaxed when they visit the vet. Helen lives locally and has 3 children. At least one of her children seems destined to be a vet! When not ferrying her children around, Helen cares for her menagerie of pets. These include Chloe the dog, Obi and Leia the cats, Little Cocky the galah and Rosie the very tame eclectus parrot who all happily coexist at her house. In her spare time, Helen likes to be active outdoors, running, kayaking, camping or playing any manner of sport with her children.

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