Christmas holidays mean extra food for a lot of humans. Pets are often fed leftover human food which can sometimes be harmful to them. Here’s what you should avoid feeding your dog during the festive season.
What your dog can’t eat over Christmas
Onions & Garlic
Both onions and garlic are poisonous to dogs. It is best to avoid these at all times, especially over the Christmas break.
Whilst the fruit of the avocado is not toxic to dogs, the stone poses a big risk of causing obstruction in the stomach or intestines if swallowed.
Chocolate contains theobromine which can cause seizures, coma and heart failure.
Sultanas, Grapes, Raisins & Currants
Sultanas, grapes, raisins and currants are all toxic to dogs and can lead to kidney failure. These ingredients are commonly found in mince pies, Christmas pudding and fruit cake.
Stuffing contains onions and garlic which can destroy red blood cells, causing life-threatening anaemia.
Skin and fat trimmings may contribute to upset tummies and pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas).
Ham and poultry bones (or any bone) can become stuck in the throat or even pierce your dog’s intestinal tract.
While it’s very tasty, gravy is too salty and fatty for your dog.
High levels of nutmeg can result in severe hallucinations, elevated heart rates and skin flushing.
If you suspect that your dog has consumed any of the above foods or something else that they shouldn’t have, contact your local Greencross Vets.