Christmas food to avoid for dogs

“All I want for Christmas is you…”, Mariah Carey voice is booming in the background. It is the time of the year again. The season of joy is here and you are gathering with your family and friends. A very well-loved family member is staring at you when you put down a huge plate of turkey on the table.

During this festive season, food is one of the biggest things and we all know that there are some food that our little fur kid cannot eat.

 So, this the list of what cannot be eaten just in case you may have missed out any.

  • Chocolate

Chocolate is one of the common treats on the table. We all know chocolate can be dangerous because it contains theobromine and caffeine, which speed the heart rate and stimulate the nervous system. The type of chocolate, the amount your dog ingested, and your dog’s weight will determine how sick (or not sick) your dog may become.

Ingesting too much theobromine and caffeine in chocolate may result in vomiting, diarrhea, restlessness, increased urination, tremors, elevated heart rate, seizures, and death. Typically, the darker the chocolate, the more dangerous it is for dogs.

  • Grapes and Raisins

Somehow, there is a no conclusive answer why grapes and raisins are potentially dangerous to dogs. Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure for dogs. Even a small amount can make a dog ill. Vomiting is an early symptom followed by depression and low energy. We’ve heard stories of dogs dying from only a handful of grapes, so do not feed your pup this potentially toxic food.

  • Bones

When we were a kid, we are being taught by adults that dogs like to chew on bones or even have their favourite bone. Feeding cooked bones to our doggo can be dangerous since splinters can be broken off from the bone and bones get a lot more brittle after being cooked.

  • Raw meat/eggs

Raw meat contains bacterial such as salmonella and E Coli that can be harmful to dogs, causing food poisoning. Symptoms of food poisoning include vomiting, fever, and enlarged lymph nodes. Cooked, unseasoned fish is perfectly fine because the cooking process kills the parasites. Be sure to remove all bones to avoid choking or internal organ risks.

  • Onion and Garlic

Onion and garlic comes from Allium Family. One of the chemical that comes naturally from this group of plants which also includes scallion, shallot, leek, and chives is N-propyl disulfide. This compound damages the oxygen-carrying substance found in red blood cells called hemoglobin and may cause anemia, gastrointestinal irritation, red or brown urine.

In sever cases, this may lead to organ failure or even be fatal for our furry friends.

  • Fatty food/ salty food

Fatty food is the thing during Christmas! Fat trimmings on the turkey and the seasonings and stuffing will have salt and other condiments. It doesn’t help If they eat enough, such foods can cause inflammation of the pancreas, causing that organ to produce enzymes that can severely damage your pet’s intestines. This can be life-threatening

  • Alcohol

Alcohol is in a lot of different food such as eggnog. Even small amounts of alcohol — not only in drinks but also in syrups and raw bread dough — can have ingredients that are poisonous for them. Both ethanol (the intoxicating agent in beer, wine and liquor) and hops (used to brew beer) can cause dogs alcohol intoxication.

Symptoms of intoxication include:

  1. Vomiting
  2. Disorientation
  3. High body temperature
  4. Restlessness
  5. Excessive panting
  6. Muscle tremors and seizures

In severe cases, or if left untreated, alcohol intoxication in dogs can cause failure of the organ systems and even death.

Although there are restrictions, you still can give little treats to your dog in this month of indulgences. A little skinless turkey or chicken for our little friend or a brand new toy will be fun. However it will be best if you stick to the usual diet. 

So enjoy your Christmas and look forward to new year