One of the most exciting parts of the Yuletide season is getting together with your loved ones over Christmas dinner.
And although all your loved ones are invited, not everyone may have a slice of that trifle. We’re talking about your beloved doggo, who can join in the festivities but can’t consume what everyone else has on their plates.
That doesn’t mean your furbaby can’t feast on anything this Christmas. There are few exceptions to the rule: a little ham, turkey, and cooked oysters (in moderation) could make a special holiday treat for them. However, there are plenty of confectioneries you should avoid feeding your pup!
Here are 5 common Christmas foods you should NEVER feed your dog:
Pudding and mince pie
These holiday staples both contain raisins, currants, and sultanas which are all poisonous for dogs. They may even cause severe kidney failure if digested. Additionally, pudding and mince pies are loaded with sugar and fat and may cause an upset stomach in dogs.
This delectable dessert contains excess amounts of dairy cream and other sugary ingredients, which may cause many health troubles in your pet including weight issues and dental problems.
They say as long as there’s chocolate, there will be happiness – unless, of course, you’re a dog. Even small amounts of chocolate may be fatal for dogs, and can even cause serious reactions like heart problems, agitation, and convulsions.
Onions & garlic
Onions and garlic may add a bit of flavour to many of our favourite festive dishes, but dogs can’t metabolise either plant. Both allium plants contain compounds that cause a breakdown of red blood cells and lead to anaemia.
If we had to rank all toxic foods for dogs, macadamia nuts would top the list. While macadamia nuts are all the rage during the holidays, you should definitely keep them away from your furry friend’s bowl. Dogs who ingest macadamia nuts may experience vomiting, hyperthermia, weakened hind legs, diarrhoea, and fever.