What not to feed your dog during the holidays
With the holidays upon us, it’s a merry time of year and many of us enjoy festive foods. You may find your dog wanting to join in on the action, have you ever wondered what not to feed your dog during the holidays?
While it’s easy to feel generous during the holidays, there are some foods you shouldn’t give your dog no matter how much they wag their tail and try to look cute.
These are just some:
Alcohol contains ethanol which can extremely toxic to dogs. Just because you enjoy a tipple, doesn’t mean your dog has to as well. Dogs aren’t used to alcohol and the effects can be damaging. Let them stick to water. Keep an eye out for any inebriated guests who may want to share their drinks with the dog!
Dried fruits such as grapes and raisins can cause toxicity in dogs. Symptoms may not be immediate but can include vomiting diarrhea and kidney failure. The festive season brings with it many foods with dried fruits so do be mindful. Foods like mince pies, Christmas pudding and other desserts should not be given to dogs for this reason.
Turkey or meat with bones
It’s generally alright to give your dog a bit of meat but Turkey bones or carcases can break easily and can be hazardous. Cooked bones can also splinter easily and cause intestinal damage or blockage.
It’s becoming a better known fact that dogs shouldn’t eat chocolate. It contains the compound theobromine which can be toxic for dogs and cause serious harm. You may not intentionally feed your dog chocolate, but when curious, bored or just excited, dogs will reach for whatever they can and usually eat it. Keep no-go foods out of their reach.
If your pet consumes food or drink that they shouldn’t, take them to the vet immediately. For other foods to avoid click here what foods are toxic to dogs
If you want to give your dog a special treat so they don’t feel left out, why not try some special dog snacks