This holiday season is bound to be filled with delicious food that will have your pup’s mouth watering.
But even if you’re tempted to give your dog just a bit of the food you’re having to appease his begging eyes, you have to stop and think about this first.
Pups metabolize food in a different way from humans, meaning that some food that we enjoy is toxic or dangerous to them. As such, you need to be aware of what not to feed your pup. Here are some of those foods to avoid.
1. Chocolate. This one is pretty well known and should be kept away from pups at all times. Read more about why it’s so dangerous here.
2. Onions and similar vegetables. Basically, all bulbs are dangerous for dogs – garlic, onions, chives, leeks – and can result in anemia that could be potentially fatal. It doesn’t matter what form they’re in, all versions are toxic to pups.
3. Grapes and raisins. These might seem healthy, but can actually cause severe vomiting and kidney failure.
4. Unbaked dough. If there’s unbaked yeast in a product, it can expand within your dog’s stomach and cause fermentation. This will then lead to the production of…
5. Alcohol. dogs might think sweet-smelling alcoholic drinks are appetizing, but even a bit can result in alcohol poisoning.
6. Leftovers. Your dog is not meant to be a disposal unit for unfinished food. Pups’ digestive systems cannot handle overly rich foods, especially when they’re high in fat, and too much can cause diarrhea and vomiting, and even pancreatitis.
So these are what not to feed your dog this season! A slice of turkey is okay just this once, but remember that moderation and balance are important in ensuring a safe treat. Keep your pup away from the leftovers and bones (and the dinner, because he might raid it before you can!), and if you think he may have ingested something he wasn’t supposed to, seek veterinary care. Do like and share this around!