'Tis the season of giving and sharing, and this naturally extends to our dogs! However, sharing the wrong things with them could be deadly, so it's essential you know what NOT to give them, as well as what you CAN give them.
A lot of the foods we enjoy at Christmas-time are incredibly dangerous to our furry friends. It's especially important that we keep these foods away from the dinner bowl, but also that we hide them away when left unattended (in tupperware boxes or dog-safe cupboards). You don't want your dog jumping up to snuffle a mince pie, unbeknownst to you until they start to suffer!
The most important foods to keep away from your dog are:
- Grapes and raisins (commonly found in desserts like Christmas pudding and mince pies)
- Onions, leek and garlic (these are regularly put into stuffing and gravy, so beware of these)
- Cooked bones
- Macadamia nuts (other nuts can also cause issue, so try to avoid these!)
- Xylitol (which is found in a lot of sugar-free alternatives and sweets)
If you suspect your dog has eaten any of these, it's important that you contact your vets straight away, as they can be deadly.
Despite this, you can still share some of the Christmas goodies with your best friend. Some good choices are:
• Lean meat and fish (as long as there are no bones)
• Cooked vegetables like carrots, broccoli, and brussel sprouts. You can give a whole raw carrot too, which will keep your dog munching for a while!
• Small amounts of potato (sweet potato is better!)
However, the best way to share the Christmas joy is with a specially formulated, healthy Christmas dinner, all of their own. You can find the Forthglade Christmas dinner here
DON’T BE GREEDY
Even with the safe foods, it's important you don't get carried away, and you should limit how much you give to your dog. Otherwise, you may find your pup experiences tummy ache, and they may end up throwing up or having diarrhoea underneath the Christmas tree. The general rule of thumb for this is that you should restrict treats and leftovers to only 10% of your dog's daily ration.
We hope you found this list helpful, and we wish all of you and your furry family a wonderfully Merry Christmas!