Top Tips for healthy dogs this Christmas
Top 13 things that your dogs should avoid eating this Christmas…
- Bird bones
They are hollow and can easily splinter, making them a choking hazard; whether raw or cooked.
- Turkey/chicken skin
This is too fatty for your dog and fat can cause inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis).
Very tasty but too salty and fatty for dogs. They will enjoy their turkey dinner just as much without gravy. It is best avoided.
- Onions, garlic and other bulb vegetables (e.g. chives, leeks, shallots)
Onions are poisonous to dogs: this includes any variety including onion powder. Other bulb vegetables e.g. chives, leeks and shallots should also be avoided.
Herby and spicy foods can cause stomach upsets.
- Grapes, raisins, currants, and sultanas
These are fatal to dogs. If your dog consumes any of the above please seek veterinary help.
- Mince pies, Christmas pudding and fruit cake
Apart from being full of fat, these treats contain dried fruits (such as raisins and sultanas), spices and sometimes alcohol.
As tasty as it is, chocolate contains theobromine which can be deadly to dogs, even in small amounts.
- Fruit pips and stones
Fruit is ok but only in moderation and it is essential to remove all pips and stones first. Many fruit stones and pips (e.g. apple, cherry, peach, plum, and apricot) contain cyanide, which is poisonous but the great risk is intestinal blockage.
- Milk and dairy products
Avoid giving your dog any milk and dairy products, dogs have difficulty digesting lactose so upset stomachs can result.
Keep booze and caffeine away from your pooch – clear cups and glasses away and keep coffee, tea and alcohol etc. out of reach of your dog.
Dispose carefully of wrappers, human food and especially bones. Ensure the rubbish is taken out and whether the rubbish bags are inside or out secure them so they can’t be broken into. Dispose of leftovers, especially the bird carcass, carefully.
Avoid giving your dog too many treats, snacks and left-overs. Ask visitors not to feed your pet without your permission. It soon adds up to a lot of food if everyone gives your pet tit bits.