When preparing your Christmas dinner, you might be tempted to indulge your pet and set aside some bits and pieces of your Christmas dinner for your pooch so they too, enjoy a special Christmas dinner or treat. However, it is important to recognise what foods are safe for doggie consumption, and what foods ought to be relegated to the Christmas naughty list.
We’ve compiled a list of holiday foods that belong to the Christmas naughty list, so keep them in mind when serving up a doggy special Christmas treat this season.
Salty Meats: Ham, Sausages, Cooked Turkey
A big meaty ham shank and sausages are often staples for many celebrating Christmas this December.
While ham and sausages may be human favourites, they are too high in sodium and fat for the average pet dog on a standard kibble diet.
Besides, these meats have high fat content, and while you might be tempted to treat your pooch to some fat trimmings or roasted turkey skin, remember that these cuts are far too fatty for your dog, and consumption of too much fat can cause inflammation of the pancreas (Pancreatitis).
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Seasoned Veggies and Stuffing
Vegetables are typically an okay food item to give your dog, only when they are prepared through lightly steaming with absolutely nothing added to them (No salt, pepper, spices, or dips). However, vegetables eaten at a holiday dinner are often seasoned or spiced, leaving them unfit for doggy consumption!
The ingredients that go into stuffing can be a cornucopia of toxicity for you pooch. Especially if they include mushrooms, onions or garlic.
These ingredients are toxic to their little systems, and while ingesting a little isn’t harmful, it will make them very uncomfortable if eaten in excess.
Candy and Chocolate
All forms of candy and chocolate can be dangerous and potentially lethal for dogs.
Artificially sweetened candy and chocolate contain xylitol, caffeine and theobromine, which are toxic to your dog, as they do not have the necessary enzymes to properly break down these substances.
Ingesting a substantial amount of said treats can cause vomitting, diarrhoea, and even cardiac arrests or seizures.
Caffeinated and Alcoholic Drinks
Much like candy and chocolate, caffeinated drinks like coffee or tea are poisonous for your dog.
While it may seem like a great idea to let your pup get all silly for the amusement of the crowd, alcohol consumption in dogs is no laughing matter.
Alcohol consumption is a big no-no for dogs. A dog’s kidneys are not meant to filter or process the alcohol content of beer, wine, or indeed drinks of any alcoholic nature, and due to their smaller size and inability to process its intoxicating properties, alcohol affects their nervous system much faster and with more dangerous results:
“If exposed to higher levels of alcohol it can depress their nervous system to the point that their breathing and heart rate slow down. Their body temperature drops. Their blood chemistry is also altered, leading to a dangerous condition called metabolic acidosis, where the blood becomes too acidic.
At this point, without treatment, death soon follows usually due to cardiac arrest. Even if a dog or cat doesn’t die from the acute effects of alcohol poisoning, the toxin can still harm their kidneys and liver, reducing quality of life over time.”
The moral of the story? You should never let your dog taste, let alone consume alcohol.
Sauces and Gravy
As gravy is typically made from the sodium-rich broth of a meat and mixed with spices for flavor, it has a high sodium content – and can give your dog an upset stomach.
Typical Christmas sauces like cranberry sauce is also unsafe for your pooch as it has too much sugar which can lead to health problems for your dog like diabetes.
Dairy Products: Eggnog
Dogs are lactose intolerant, and don’t have enough of the lactase enzyme to properly digest dairy foods. While small doses will not kill your dog, you could get some smelly farts and some nasty cases of diarrhoea – none of which you would want to deal with this holiday season.
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When your pooch is looking at you with their big puppy dog eyes, it can be difficult to say no to them. But resist the temptation to feed them these foods!
If you’re having family or friends over, remind them not to give your pet table scraps, and instead offer them doggy treats.
At only $7.90, your dog is guaranteed to be howling for more.
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So, remember the Christmas naughty list, and be mindful of what your pooch can or cannot consume:
You wouldn’t want to end up on Santa’s naughty list, would you?