Christmas is the most magical time of the year. We all look forward to quality family time, the cozy feeling we get when we spend time surrounded by love and positivity, the enchanting scent of Christmas morning, and of course, all the delicious food we eat during the holidays. Of course, the most magical experience of all is spending a lot of time with our beloved dogs who make our lives better just by existing, and at Christmas time we have more time to dedicate to them. Naturally, you want your dog to enjoy all the tasty dishes with you, but you need to be careful, as there are some Christmas foods your doggo cannot eat.
It is a common belief that bones are the perfect food for dogs. When it comes to bones that come from birds, especially if they are boiled, this does not apply. Bird bones are hollow, which makes them very brittle, and when they snap, they can hurt your pup’s stomach and esophagus. Bones are best thrown away so as not to risk choking or a punctured stomach.
Onions, garlic, chives, leeks, shallots, as well as onion and garlic powder are a big no-no in the canine world. These vegetables are toxic to canines and can cause severe gastrointestinal issues, so it is important not to feed them these veggies. If you are mincing turkey and adding onions and garlic to it, leave some on the side for your pup and serve it plain.
Both gravy and stuffing are delicious and probably the best part of a Christmas dinner, but they are definitely not good for your pup. Gravy is too fatty and contains a lot of salt, which is not suitable for your doggo, and stuffing can contain onions, garlic, various spices, and herbs that can be poisonous for your lovely pupper.
Again, mince pies are sooo divine but suitable only for humans! Even though your dog will beg, do not let them eat mince pies as they are extremely fatty for them, full of salt, and often include a lot of dangerous ingredients such as onions and garlic, shallots, raisins, currants, sultanas, and copious amounts of spices that dogs cannot process.
Desserts made for humans are definitely not suitable for dogs as they most often contain too much sugar and artificial sweeteners, which are not meant for consumption by canines. Moreover, if the desserts contain chocolate, it is crucial to keep them out of reach, as chocolate contains Theobromine which can be fatal for doggos. Keep your sweets to yourself and give your doggo a treat instead.
Some nuts can be poisonous to dogs, and they include walnuts and macadamia nuts; additionally, you should also avoid giving your holiday buddy salted peanuts. Also, fruit stones and pips can cause intestinal blockage, but they can also include cyanide, which is highly poisonous to dogs. Avoid them at all costs, and you shall have a very merry and safe Christmas.