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5 Festive Foods to Avoid Giving Your Dog These Holidays

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by Gillian Ching (subscribe)
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Published December 20th 2017
Keeping the nasties away from your pups food bowl
The eyes have it

Food is such a big part of the holiday season with so many naughty and nice treats to enjoy and share with family and friends. And of course, pawrents and pet lovers want to include our favourite fur friends in all the festive fun. But beware.

There are several foods that can be harmful to dogs which are likely to appear on the Christmas food table or on the kitchen bench this holiday season. You may wish to check these items before filling up fidos food bowl or slipping them a sneaky treat these holidays.

1. Christmas pudding, mince pies and Christmas Cake
While great for humans, unfortunately the sultanas, raisins, and grapes in these sweet treats can cause acute kidney injury, which can lead to kidney failure in dogs.

Christmas for dogs without the pudding

2. Lollies
Lollies, chewing gum, and some diet foods are sweetened with xylitol. It can cause your dog's blood sugar to drop and can also cause liver failure.

Chocolate contains a chemical called theobromine, which is poisonous to dogs, as well as other animals such as cats, rodents and rabbits. Generally speaking, the darker and more expensive the chocolate, the more theobromine it contains, and therefore the more poisonous it is. White chocolate contains very little theobromine and so is unlikely to cause chocolate poisoning, but is still very fatty and can still make dogs ill.

Saying no to chochlate is never easy

4. Avocado
Avocados contain persin which can be poisonous to dogs. Though possibly tempting, chewing on the avocado seed is also not a good idea.

5. Coffee
Caffeine and the coffee beans and the grounds are a big no-no. Side effects can include restlessness, fast breathing, and muscle twitches.

Being aware of these hidden dangers can ensure that everyone in the house, including your pooch, enjoys the holidays and has a happy and safe Christmas season.

Sultanas for Santa
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