Our own gentle, sweet 18-year-old Siamese had two close episodes of terrible vomiting and diarrhoea, all caused by visitors to a rental cottage throwing their scraps over our fence. We only realised that source when we found the lamb bones stuck in a potted plant by the fence! We were less than impressed, especially as we almost lost our dachshund some years ago when we found him choking on a raw turkey neck; again thrown over the fence by neighbours.
As a vet, we see animals whose owners spent considerable funds getting diabetes or food allergies or weight under control; but struggle to achieve success because their neighbours, without the owner’s permission, throw food, when they like and what they like, to the dog or cat over the fence.
If the neighbour’s 2-legged human child was out in the garden next door, no one would throw food over the fence to the child simply because, A) a child was there B) there was/had unwanted food sitting around.
Yet some folks think its ok to do this to a 4-legged member of the neighbour’s family.
It is Not ok so please share this message.
To help reduce this problem we have some partial solutions.
For Cats: See our post on Dietary discretion collars. http://tinyurl.com/ychcy2sn
For Dogs: we recommend EDUC treats. You can use them on your own pet, a relative’s or your neighbour’s dog/s. You must first show the treat to your neighbour and ask if they would mind if you treated their dog from time to time and if so would they be ok about the EDUC treats. For more on EDUC go to Dr Aine’s Blog article on this treat. http://tinyurl.com/l9pvg6j