The presents are unwrapped, the turkey’s cooked, the sherry is open… Has anyone seen the dog?
At Christmas time your house is jam-packed with festive (but fatal) goodies. Keep your pup (and kitten) away from these 9 commonly scoffed items:
Holly & Ivy – Looks great in a wreath, but let your dog at it and you’ll witness an upset stomach, tremors, seizures & loss of balance.
Mistletoe – Ahh the tool of young love, but not puppy love. A few berries can be fatal to your beloved puppy.
Poinsettia – A beautiful addition to your living room, but it won’t stay beautiful for long if you let the dog get a bite! A good munch will result in diarrhoea, abdominal cramps & delirium.
Onions & garlic – Does your staffie love stuffing? Keep him out! Onions can cause anaemia, so shouldn’t be fed to dogs in any form.
Raisins – Christmas cake, mincepies, Christmas pudding; your dog is running a raisin gauntlet. So steer her safely and she’ll avoid kidney failure which can be fatal.
Avocado – We all love a prawn cocktail to kick off Christmas lunch, well apart from the dog that is. If he scoffs avocado down, soon to follow will be diarrhoea, vomiting, laboured breathing & can even be fatal.
Bread dough – Your 8 strand plaited loaf is safely stowed away to prove, but is it out of the dog’s reach? If it has live yeast, dough will continue to rise in a dog’s stomach causing bloat and can result in a twisted stomach.
Booze – “Oh look, does little fluffy want some baileys too?” STOP! It might be your favourite tipple, but let fluffy get squiffy and you’ll be giving her the gift of respiratory failure and seizures this Christmas.
Chocolate – Tins of roses, tree decorations, bars of organic Peruvian 80% cocoa; all delicious, all bad for your pup. In fact, the darker the chocolate, the worse it is. So expect vomiting, diarrhoea, increased heart rate and even collapse if you can’t keep them out of the chocs.
Most of these are also poisonous to cats, so make sure to keep cats away from them, too.