Christmas Holiday Safety for Dogs
Some tips from Petsecure
Most human foods aren't safe for dogs - even during the holidays.
Pancreatitis is a condition frequently seen by vets during the holidays despite of their owners best efforts. What may seem like a ‘healthy scrap,’ is almost always too high in fat and salt for dogs and cats.
Festive foods and drinks to avoid are:
Onions and garlic
Yeast dough (found in some buns)
The following festive foods are safe in small amounts, without added butter, salt or sauces:
Turkey broth, not gravy
Chicken and Turkey (not on the bone!!)
Poultry bones are the worst festive foods that dogs can get a hold of.
When cooked, bones become brittle, and combined with the generally small size there are a lot of risks which include:
Obstructions in the throat
Obstructions in the intestinal tract
A scratched esophagus or intestines
Blockages that require surgery
The following ingredients found in desserts that are dangerous to dogs are:
Grapes and raisins
Xylitol (artificial sweetener)
Chocolate – especially dark and bakers chocolate.
Fruit pits or seeds