Christmas Foods That Are Bad For Our Dogs

We tend to keep an eye on our own food intake, not wanting to over-indulge. There are a few Christmas foods that can be bad for our dogs, so it’s important to keep an eye on them too. That includes making sure guests aren’t slipping them treats under the table!

1. Cooked bones from chicken and turkey

The cooking process dehydrates the bones so they become brittle and splinter easily. Dogs love to crunch on bones, so it is likely that they’ll splinter into small fragments that can become lodged in their digestive system and even puncture their stomach. You might be better off carving your turkey or pulling apart your chicken before you serve it, so you can dispose of the carcass immediately and avoid the potential danger for those pups who might try to steal a carcass off the bench when no one is looking.

2. Turkey skin and gravy

Foods like gravy and the skin on a turkey are full of fat and pups find it hard to digest. If they get hold of enough of it, your worst case scenario is pancreatitis. Pancreatitis is very painful for our pups and causes vomiting and diarrhoea. No matter how tasty a little treat of turkey skin might seem, it is probably best not to take the risk of them ending up with something as serious as pancreatitis.

3. Onions and garlic

If you are someone who likes to give their pet a little Christmas dinner of their own, it is best to check that there isn’t onion in it. The idea that onions can have a serious effect on your dog has been around for a while. Onions contain thiosulphate, which can lead to haemolytic anaemia. Symptoms include shortness of breath, vomiting and diarrhoea. Garlic contains a small amount of it too, although not enough to do anywhere near the kind of damage that onions can do. However, having both onions and garlic in a plate of food together could potentially cause problems.

4. Stuffing

Stuffing is generally full of a range of herbs and spices. Your dog just isn’t used to eating foods that are full of herbs and spices, so it might be best to keep clear so you don’t upset their stomach.

5. Raisins

Slipping them a piece of Christmas pudding isn’t such a great idea. Those raisins are no good for them. We now know a chemical in grapes can cause kidney failure in pets, and raisins have this chemical in even greater concentrations.

6. Nuts

Pets have trouble digesting some nuts because they are high in fat and this has the potential to cause pancreatitis. Other nuts are so small that when your dog inhales them rather than chews them (as they tend to do), they can cause an obstruction in their digestive system.

7. Chocolate

Dogs have a seriously strong sense of smell. Just assume that they can find your hiding spot, so make sure it is beyond their reach. Chocolate contains theobromine, which is toxic to both cats and dogs. The more concentrated the chocolate (think cocoa powder and dark chocolate more-so than milk chocolate and white chocolate), the more harmful it is.

Of course you can still include your pets in your Christmas dinner if you’d like to. Your best bet is just a small bowl with a little bit of turkey meat and some plain veggies like beans, sweet potato and mash.