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Christmas Food That Is Not Safe For Pets

Christmas is a time for fun, celebrations, and sumptuous feasts. This is an exciting time for all the family. Just like us, our furry friends also love to over indulge in festive food and drinks.
Are you intending to spice up your pet’s life at Christmas? Choosing healthy foods for your dog at Christmas is not always easy. Foods that are not safe for your pets at Christmas include:
  • Chocolate: Chocolate is a highly toxic food for dogs. It contains theobromine and caffeine which your pets cannot metabolize easily. Always keep these away from your pets. Dark chocolate is the most harmful of all. Symptoms of chocolate toxicity may include vomiting, diarrhoea, tremors, and even coma and heart problems in extreme cases.
  • Festive drinks: Don't let your dog accidentally get drunk this Christmas. Beer, wine, or anything that includes alcohol are toxic for pets. These beverages can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, decreased coordination, loss of consciousness, and respiratory failure, among other things.
  • Grapes and raisins: Grapes and raisins are the classic companions of Christmas feasts. They can be very dangerous and toxic for your pet. Your dog cannot easily digest these foods. He may start vomiting soon after eating them. This may result in dehydration or kidney failure. It is best to keep grapes and raisins out of reach of your dog.
  • Bones: If you are having roasted turkey or chicken for Christmas dinner, don't give the leftover bones to your dog. Cooked bones may become lodged in your pet’s throat or mouth or splinter inside the bowel. This can cause internal damage and may lead to dental issues.
  • Artificial sweeteners: Desserts like cakes, cookies, and pies that contain artificial sweeteners like Xylitol should be avoided. This is highly toxic for your pets. It can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar levels and the onset of hyperglycemia. Too much sugar can give your pet a bellyache.
  • Macadamia nuts and walnuts: Nuts are common around Christmas time but some nuts can make your pet ill. Macadamia nuts and walnuts can be toxic for your four-legged pal. They contain a toxin that can cause neurological problems or tremors in dogs. Macadamia nuts might cause vomiting, wobbly gait, or hyperthermia.
  • Onion and garlic: Always keep onions and garlic away from your pets. They are toxic and can cause damage to your dog's red blood cells. Prolonged consumption of these two can lead to digestive issues. If eaten in large volumes, raw garlic and onions can cause gastrointestinal problems, lethargy, and anaemia. 
If your pet eats something that they shouldn’t over the Christmas, contact your vet as soon as possible.

Final Thoughts
By now, you must have a good idea of what foods should be given to your four-legged friend at Christmas. Have a happy, healthy Christmas free from any surprising vet visits!

What foods do your four-legged friend enjoy the most at Christmas? Let us know in the comments. We would be happy to hear from you!
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