These Christmas foods could KILL your dog

While we’re all likely to overindulge over the Christmas, treating your dog to a festive snack could have fatal consequences.

With the party season in full swing, peoples’ homes are full of extra foods, but experts have warned to keep the treats out of reach of your beloved pet, the Liverpool Echo reports.

Over 1.3 million dogs will be rushed to the vets over Christmas as a result of them eating human foods, according to a survey by natural dog food manufacturer Forthglade.

The company asked over 2,000 UK dog owners how they would be treating their dog for Christmas - and the top answers were turkey, gravy and stuffing.

While for the most part sharing your Christmas dinner with your dog is seen as a sign of love, however hidden dangers hiding in the foods could cause life-threatening anaemia, kidney damage and present choking hazards.

And it’s not just the Christmas dinner that could cause problems - there are other foodstuffs commonly kept in the home at Christmas that could cause serious issues for your four-legged friend.

Leading charity The Dogs Trust has warned pet owners to keep chocolates, mince pies and even sugar-free sweets out of the reach of pets.

Dogs Trust veterinary director, Paula Boyden, explained: “As a vet I have seen some terrible examples of dog poisoning over the Christmas period.

“In many cases the owner was totally unaware of the hidden dangers and was simply intending to be kind to their dog who was eager to share in the festive treats. Like with humans, all foods should be given in moderation.

“Festive items to avoid giving your dog include Holly berries, Mistletoe, xylitol based sweetner and alcohol such as mulled wine.”

Festive items that could harm your dog

Please be aware that this is not a comprehensive list, and it’s always best to check with your vet before giving any food to your dog.

Apricot (stones/kernel) - The stones from apricots can be fatal for dogs, so make sure they’re kept out of reach.

Holly (berries) - Causes upset stomach, tremors, seizures, loss of balance - be sure to keep them away from your dog, especially if he is known for eating things he shouldn’t.

Mistletoe - Causes stomach problems, and may cause skin irritations. If it is eaten by a puppy, a few berries can be fatal.

Poinsettia (leaves, stems and sap) - These popular Christmas plants can cause diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Their sap can cause irritation or even blindness if it gets into your dogs eyes.

Christmas cake and Christmas pudding - Raisins can cause kidney failure and can be fatal - if your dog is a scavenger it may be best to keep any left overs in a cupboard out of his reach.

Chocolate - A chemical in chocolate known as theobromine can cause serious harm to your pet, even in small quantities. The darker and higher the percentage of cocoa, the more theobromine is in the chocolate. Make sure to keep it out of reach of your dog.

Batteries - Although we use batteries year-round, at Christmas they can be easily left on the floor by children or in toys that an unsupervised dog may play with or chew. They can cause serious damage so care should be taken so they’re out of your dog’s reach.

Aspirin and Ibuprofen - If you’ve stocked-up on painkillers for your boxing day hangover, keep them out of your dog’s way as they can be harmful if swallowed.

Antifreeze - Antifreeze can be found in puddles in the street so during the winter it is best not to let your dog drink out of puddles. It has an attractive taste for dogs and cats but can prove fatal even in small doses.

Alcohol - Keep alcoholic drinks (and food containing alcohol) out of your dog’s reach. It has similar side effects to humans and can cause serious liver damage.

Sugar free sweets and mints - A chemical known as xylitol, used to sweeten mints and sweets that are sugar-free can cause serious damage to your pet.

Cooked bones - Turkey, chicken, lamb, beef and pork bones that are cooked can easily splinter and perforate your dog’s stomach. They are dangerous and should never be fed to a dog.

If you’re concerned about any food your pet may have eaten the best advice is to check with your vet - but be sure that you know the number of an emergency vet as your regular surgery may be closed over Christmas.

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