We’re all guilty of getting swept up in festive excitement and wanting to sneak a couple bites (read: plates) of food to little Fido under the table – but resist those puppy eyes, we must.
According to studies, dogs' digestive systems are far more susceptible to the dangers of highly processed and rich foods, which means that Christmas dinners are a no-go.
Here are the forbidden foods that could do more horrors than just add to your dog’s waistline.
Don’t give a dog a bone this Christmas. We know, we’re just as shook as you are. As it turns out, cooked bones can not only pose a choking hazard, but they can also break off into sharp shards that may irritate the gut and even puncture a pupper’s stomach wall. Yikes.
As small and harmless looking as they are, nuts can do quite the number on the health of a pet doggo. They not only cause vomiting due to their high fat content, but also cause paralysis and muscle tremors.
Stuffing contains what you could call a dog’s kryptonite: alliums. Think onions, shallots, garlic, leeks and scallions. According to studies, alliums contain a substance that harms dogs' red blood cells and can lead to all manner of ailments including diarrhoea, weakness, and fatigue.
Shocking, we know. While most of us know that chocolate is toxic to dogs, some are under the impression that sugar-free chocolate is less hazardous. This is not true. Normal chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine which can affect a dog’s hormonal and neurological functions, while sugar-free chocolate contains Xylitol which can lead to a rapid drop in blood sugar levels and cause liver failure in dogs.
Christmas pudding, cake and mince pies
I.e. sugar, fat, raisins and currants – things that do nothing good for your pooch.
While we may not be able to extend the festive food cheer to our dogs, doggy treats and toys are both fair game for a Christmas treat. Or if you’ve got cats, get them a cardboard box. They’ll love it.
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