Christmas. New Years. School Holidays. We all start to relax, try to survive the summer heat, have a lot more gatherings and eat special foods. Some pups think anything is food- Christmas Trees, decorations, lights, wrapping paper(and the presents inside…). There are also actual Christmas dog food dangers aplenty. Here are 12 to look out for.
12 Christmas Dog Food Dangers
- Chocolate – so no Scorched Almonds. The darker the chocolate, the worse this is.
- Artificial sweeteners such as xylitol are found in sugar-free gum more and more human food that is sugarless but still sweet
- Christmas Cake, Pudding and Mince Tarts. Raisin/Sultanas are the main culprits here.
- Onions & Garlic in salads, roasts or BBQ. A small amount should not be stressed over, but large amounts are poison
- Lactose – milk, custard, ice cream. Adult dogs cannot handle lactose. While not a poison, expect some short-term digestion issues.
- Alcohol – No Champers, Brewskies or Frose’
- No Smashed Avo for breakfast. Well, only a little, and not the seed. Avocado is a great source of good fats, but too much fat is not good for the pancreas.
- Christmas Ham – too salty and too much fat. Once again, a little is not going to matter.
- Having a Seafood feast? Raw Salmon skin is a no go. Cooked is fine though.
- Macadamia Nuts and Walnuts are no good, but peanuts are fine if you watch the salt
- Egg Nog– Do we even have that here? Due to the NutMeg
- Leftovers from roasts or BBQ. Cooked bones are not safe, and leftovers generally have too much fat- especially sausages. Once again a little should be ok, but not a lot.
Just remember that your pup has been practising begging all year and now has a lot more people to try it on. They only need to get a little from each person at Christmas to end up eating too much!