Christmas is a time when we love to treat ourselves, our loved ones and our pets! Sometimes we might be tempted to let our 4-legged friends indulge in some Christmas treats, but unfortunately Christmas food isn’t ideal for dogs.
Here are some tips to keep your pets safe this Christmas.
At this time of year, avoid feeding your dog any food that they do not already eat regularly.
Christmas food is notorious for making pets unwell and many of the foods we traditionally at Christmas can be toxic to dogs. Here are foods that are off the menu for dogs this year:
- Large amounts of onions, chives and garlic
- Macadamia nuts
- Sultanas, raisins and currants
- Coffee and caffeine
It is important to consider these sorts of food as poisons and keep them well out of reach of your pets.
Sometimes potential poisonings can occur despite your best efforts. If your dog does manage to steal some contraband, don’t panic but do call your vet immediately.
If action is required and taken quickly (within the hour), vomiting can be induced by your vet and most of the toxic food can be removed to minimise the potential for poisoning.