December 25 is finally upon us, a whole day of eating, drinking and being merry. With the whole family over to celebrate, it’s understandable that you want everyone involved, including the family dog. But as much as you might want your pooch to party, there are certain foods better kept on the table – not under it.
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Typically, dogs + bones = one very happy pup. But on Christmas Day you’ll need to resist the urge to share leftover scraps from your roast. Once cooked, bones turn brittle and splinter, meaning they can easily become lodged in dogs’ throats and intestines, or even puncture the stomach and cause internal injuries. Bottom line: do NOT throw a dog a bone on Christmas.
SKIN & GRAVY
While your festive meal may feel incomplete without some crispy skin and hot gravy, refrain from sharing this experience with your pet. Both of these foods are far too salty and fatty for dogs and can cause inflammation of the pancreas.
If you’re choosing to share some meat scraps with your dog, keep them clean from marinades. While we may enjoy pepper, chilli and soy sauce, your puppy’s stomach won’t.
ONION & GARLIC
Stinky breath will be the least of your problems if your four-legged friend ingests either of these. Both contain varying levels of thiosulphate, which can cause haemolytic anaemia, shortness of breath, vomiting and/or diarrhoea.
PUDDING, CAKE & MINCE PIES
You may be holding out for these all year, but the only thing your dog will be hanging out for if they consume any of these sweet treats will be a sick stomach. While the sugar and fat from these foods can be dangerous on their own, it’s the grapes, sultanas and raisins in the recipes that are poisonous for dogs.
NUTS & CHOCOLATE
Macadamia nuts and walnuts are toxic to dogs, and salted peanuts won’t do them any good either. Other nuts – almonds, pistachios and cashews – tend to be fine in small quantities.
It’s pretty obvious that giving your pooch a glass of festive sherry on Christmas Day is a no-no, but we often forget how much booze we use in cooking. Be sure to share the parts of the meal that have been kept free of alcohol, otherwise it may be more than an intoxicated uncle you have to deal with come Christmas afternoon.