Christmas is finally around the corner and we all stock up our fridges and cupboards with our favourite Christmas foods and essentials. To make sure you don’t get tempted to treat your dog with some foods that could be potentially dangerous for them, we’ve made a quick checklist.
Grapes and Raisins
The exact reason why grapes and raisins are dangerous for dogs is unknown, but it’s been reported many times, that dogs could get seriously sick after eating even a couple of them. Since raisins are a very popular ingredient for many Christmas meals, make sure your doggy doesn’t end up indulging in anything that contains them.
They almost always contain raisins, plus Christmas puddings are full of sugar and fats, and very often contain chocolate and alcohol. All of these could be seriously intoxicating for your four-legged bestie, so make sure he doesn’t get a piece, even if he’s been a good boy during 2015.
We all know chocolate is poisonous for dogs, but sometimes people forget that chocolate doesn’t need to come from a chocolate bar. Most Christmas treats and desserts contain chocolate, so it’s essential to not leave any of them at an irresistible distance from your dog’s nose. Make sure your kids are careful when opening their Christmas stockings, too.
Yes, a no-brainer again, but being boozy around Christmas might lead to sharing some drinks with your dog. Maybe not you, but some of your over-the-top guests who think it’s fun to get wasted with the dog. If your dog ends up drinking alcohol, you should surely pay a visit to the vet immediately. Oh, and dogs do get hangover.
Turkey, chicken, pork leftovers – they’re so good for your dog. Or so you think until you leave a bone in their meal by mistake and the tasty feast becomes a disaster. Hollow bird bones can get stuck in your dog’s esophagus, windpipe, stomach and intestines, cause constipation or severe bleeding from the rectum. Make sure your dog doesn’t snatch some bones secretly from the bin, as well (they love doing that so much, don’t they?)/
Macadamia Nuts, Almonds, Walnuts and Pistachios
All these nuts can upset your dog’s stomach and make him sick, weak or depressed. Make sure they’re out of reach and your guests don’t use them as tasty treats.
Check out our list of 10 Healthy and Quick Treats for Your Dog