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What foods are good and bad for my dog at Christmas?

December 01, 2023 2 min read

What foods are good and bad for my dog at Christmas?

Dogs have sensitive stomachs, and certain foods can wreak havoc on their digestive systems. As much as we'd love to share every festive bite with our pups, some foods can be harmful due to their ingredients or preparation methods. For example, many Christmas treats contain high levels of salt, sugar, or other additives that can lead to upset stomachs, and neither us or them want an upset stomach.

Naughty List: What to Avoid:

  1. Chocolate: Chocolate is a big no-no for our canine friends. It contains theobromine, a substance that dogs metabolise much more slowly than humans, leading to toxic build-up. Dark chocolate is especially dangerous. Keep clear!
  2. Bones and Fatty Trimmings: A classic Christmas feast often includes meaty bones and fatty trimmings. However, these can pose a choking hazard so best to be avoided if you don’t want a festive trip to the vet.
  3. Alcohol: Of course, many of us humans like to have tipple or two, especially at Chrstmas, but alcohol is toxic for dogs. Even small amounts can cause lethargy, sickness, and in severe cases, respiratory failure. Make sure your pooch doesn't lap up any spilled spirits.
  4. Nuts: Certain nuts, like macadamias and walnuts, are toxic to dogs. The high-fat content in nuts can cause problems and there is a risk of choking if your pup tries to swallow them whole.
  5. Onions and Garlic: To us they are delicious and flavoursome but onions and garlic contain compounds that can damage a dog's red blood cells, leading to anaemia. Keep your pup away from the stuffing!

Nice List: Pooch-Friendly Alternatives:

  1. Turkey: Turkey is a lean protein source that can be enjoyed by dogs. Ensure it's free from bones, skin, and seasoning, and serve it in small, manageable portions.
  2. Vegetables: Many veggies are safe and healthy for dogs, such as plain green beans, carrots, and peas. These make for great festive treats, and you can even mix them in with your pup's regular food.
  3. Fruit (without seeds or pips): Apples and blueberries, among other fruits, can be a tasty and safe addition to your dog's menu. Just be sure to remove seeds and pips to prevent choking.
  4. Special Dog Treats: Spoil your pup with special, dog-friendly treats designed for their delicate digestive systems. We have a great range of flavours from beef with gravy to peanut butter & blueberry. There’s a treat for every pooch and they are healthy & nutritious too. If you want to treat your pup with our treats then go ahead and use this code for a discount, call it a treat from us SpoilYourPup20.

So, this Christmas, let's ensure that our dogs enjoy the festive season as much as we do, minus the tummy troubles. By steering clear of the items on the naughty list and opting for pooch-friendly alternatives, you'll be giving your furry friend the gift of health and happiness.

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