Christmas food dos and don’ts for dogs
Christmas is the time for all the family to enjoy – our pet pooches included. We know that dogs are best off sticking to their normal food over the holidays but ignoring those puppy eyes beaming up to the dinner table is notoriously difficult. If you know you won’t be able to resist sneaking your furry friend some festive treats, it’s important to know what Christmas foods you can, and what Christmas foods you definitely can’t, give your dog.
Christmas foods that your dog shouldn’t eat
Starting with the basics, your dog should never be encouraged to join in with Christmas drinking. Even a small amount of alcohol can be dangerous. There are also several traditional festive food goodies that you should not share with your pet:
- The bones and skin from the turkey or chicken
Bones from any bird can be dangerous. They can get lodged in the throat, becoming a serious choking hazard, and can break into small sharp pieces that can pierce the lining of the stomach or intestines. Turkey skin is extremely fatty, which is not only unhealthy for dogs, but can cause serious problems with their pancreas.
You may think that gravy is delicious and completely harmless, but it’s high in salt and fat, both of which can be dangerous to dogs.
- Onions and other bulb vegetables
All types of alliums are poisonous to dogs, so it’s important to keep your pet away from them. Onions are the main cause for concern, but other bulb vegetables, like garlic, can also cause serious problems.
- Grapes, raisins, currants and sultanas
All of these items are highly toxic to dogs. In fact, if your pet eats even a small amount, you should seek help from a vet as soon as possible. For this reason, Christmas treats such as Christmas pudding, Christmas cake and mince pies should never be fed to dogs, and ideally be kept out of reach at all times.
- Chocolate in any form
Chocolate is a favorite in most homes over the holidays, but it’s very bad for dogs. It contains theobromine, which can be deadly to your furry friend even in small amounts, so don’t let them have any, no matter how much they give you the sad eyes treatment.
You should of course not serve any of these foods to your dog at any time of the year, but it might be a good idea to keep an extra eye on your dog during the holidays, as leftovers might be left on the table while you enjoy a game of charades, or well-meaning guests might try to sneak your pooch a bit of Christmas cake. It’s a good idea to tell everyone not to feed the dogs anything, and then, if you really want to, you can treat them to some canine-friendly festive food yourself. Here are a few things that are fine for dogs to eat.
Christmas foods that your dog can eat
Christmas won’t be ruined for your dog if they don’t get a special Christmas dinner, but if you want them to join in with the celebrations, you can try some of these things. It’s important to remember that all of these foods should be given to dogs in moderation – keep portions small.
- A few slices of turkey
You can give your pet some white turkey meat, as long as the skin and all bones have been removed.
- Boiled and mashed potatoes
Dogs will enjoy a small amount of boiled or mashed potato. Remember that you should only ever feed your pet plain potato with no salt or butter added.
- Other vegetables
As with any other food items, do not give your dog a pile of vegetables, but it’s fine to let them have a try of a few selected items from the Christmas meal. Sprouts, swedes, parsnips and green beans are normally very popular with dogs, as is a raw or cooked piece of carrot. Do not add any seasoning, butter or sauces before you give the vegetables to your pet, however.
Many of us enjoy some scrambled eggs on Christmas morning, and this is another thing you can give to your dog as a treat. In fact, eggs contain lots of beneficial vitamins and minerals, and can make the dog’s coat shinier. Again, you should not add any butter or salt to the eggs, and it’s best to keep portions small.
- Fruit with pips or stones removed
Most fruits in the fruit bowl can be shared with your dog, as long as pips or stones are removed, and items like bananas and satsumas are peeled. You should however remember that fruit is acidic and contains a lot of sugar, so can cause stomach problems in dogs if they have too much.
Omlet and your dog’s Christmas
Whichever foods you’ll be tucking into over the holidays, Omlet has just what your pup needs to have to make sure it’s their best yet. Our easy-to-clean dog beds are perfect for messy pups this season, and our ingeniously designed dog crates are ideal for when Fido needs a break. So, now you know what foods are on and off the menu, it’s time to enjoy the festivities, knowing your canine companion will be staying safe.
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