Christmas time is a joyous occasion for the whole family – but it’s important you don’t feed your dog any of the following treats that seem to be prominent around the festive season.
Ham and poultry bones can become stuck in the throat or even pierce your dog’s intestinal tract. Don’t give your pet cooked bones of any type – it’s not worth the risk no matter how delicious they may find it. Treat them to a tasty treat from their own stash from their treat jar.
It’s all too tempting to feed your dog a gravy covered serving of roast meats, it’s not doing them any favours. Gravy is high in fats and salt and can lead to pancreatitis.
Onions & Garlic
Both onions and garlic are poisonous to dogs. This includes foods like stuffing which often has traces of onion and garlic throughout it. Eating these foods can destroy red blood cells, causing life-threatening anaemia.
Skin and fat trimmings may contribute to upset tummies and pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas). Give your pet some tasty pet treats instead.
Chocolate contains theobromine which can cause vomiting, diarrhea, irregular heartbeats and in severe cases, seizures and death. Dark cooking chocolate contains high levels of theobromine so take extra care when baking at Christmas to keep your pets safe.
Sultanas, Grapes, Raisins & Currants
Many are not aware, but sultanas, grapes, raisins and currants are all toxic to dogs and can lead to kidney failure. These ingredients are commonly found in Christmas mince pies, pudding and fruit cake.
IMPORTANT: If you suspect that your dog has consumed any of these foods contact your local veterinarian as soon as possible!