This is the time of year when we’ve got a house full of people and a table laden with goodies but it’s important to remember that not all our lovely, festive food is good for our dogs. In fact, some of it is downright poisonous!
Here are some foods to keep clear of the floor and out of your pets bowls this Christmas.
Chocolate – Tasty But Deadly For Dogs
As humans we can feel like we’ve overdosed on chocolate but for dogs, chocolate can be quite dangerous. Their heart rate can increase or become irregular and the diuretic nature of chocolate can leave them very dehydrated.
Onions and Garlic – Not Just Bad For Breath
Onions are toxic to a range of animals because they develop haemolytic anaemia, where the pet’s red blood cells burst while circulating in its body. Shocking isn’t it!
Nuts and Seeds – Especially Macadamias
Macadamia nuts are one of may favourites but I’m always very careful where I leave them as they can end up paralysing your dog’s hindquarters. They will recover but it’s very painful and worth being extra careful.
Other foods to keep away from your dogs are:
· Grapes and raisins
· Cooked Bones (with sharps shards & splinters)
· Corn Cobs (tricky to digest)
· Broccoli (in large amounts)
· Rhubarb and tomato leaves/stems
· Alcohol and hops
· Coffee grounds
· Potato peelings
· Spoiled food … if you wouldn’t eat it then it’s not for pooch either
But I’m sure they’d love a doggie treat so make them feel part of the family this Christmas (as we know you will). In fact, leave a comment below and tell us what is your favourite festive doggie treat to give?
From everyone at The Poop Scoop Service, we wish our happy customers a very Merry Christmas and their Mums and Dads too! We’re already looking forward to 2011.
Until 2011, Love Your Pooch and Your Garden
The Team at The Poop Scoop Service