Published: Wednesday, November 15, 2017
In a recent survey, 94% of our customers said that they buy their pooch a Christmas present. Our beloved dogs are a pawt of the family and it’s only natural that we want to spoil them. However, when it comes to festive food there are certain ingredients to avoid at all costs.
Have yourself a merry little Woofmas by following our Christmas dog food dos and don'ts.
Do: Beware of Toxic Foods - the True Scrooge of Woofmas
Raisins, grapes, currants and sultanas are all toxic to dogs and can lead to upset tummies, vomiting, diarrhoea and kidney problems. Paws off the mince pies, Buster.
Stuffing is also a big no-no because it includes onions, garlic and leeks which are all toxic to dogs.
Candy canes and sweets should also be avoided. This is because these foods often contain the artificial sweetener, xylitol. If ingested, this can lead to low blood sugar or in severe cases, liver damage.
Macadamia nuts and walnuts can cause weaknesses in the limbs and tremors so keep the nuts out of sight.
Avoid giving dogs gravy with their food as it is high in salt and may contain other toxic foods such as onions.
Don't: Give the Dog a Bone
Every year there are numerous reports of dogs suffering from digestive problems and blockages causes by the ingestion of bones. In worst case scenarios, dogs may require surgery, or the damage can be fatal.
Do: Get to Know Common Canine Allergens
Beef, wheat and dairy are the most commonly recognised ingredients causing allergens in dogs. We avoid using any of these foods in our diets, and suggest you do too.
Do: Beware of the Canine Christmas Feast
It’s ok to give your pet a sliver of lean meat as a treat, but too many new additions to your pet’s diet can lead to a poorly tummy or diarrhoea. Suddenly that good will gesture doesn’t seem so great. Instead try to follow your pet’s usual routine as closely as possible.
Do: Treat them to Superhero Veggies
Healthy veggies such as vitamin-rich carrots, potatoes (boiled or mashed without milk or butter), peas and not forgetting the festive favourite Brussel sprouts which are a good source of vitamin k. All these are highly-digestible and fine to feed in moderation.
Do: Enjoy Walkies in a Winter Wonderland
Getting out walking with your dog is a great way to keep both parties fit and healthy, and it’s also a great bonding exercise. When you go walking somewhere new there are lots of exciting smells and surroundings to explore, providing excellent mental stimulation and exercise for both dog and owner. It’s also, in our opinion, the greatest Christmas present you can give a dog.
Do: Dispose of Festive Food Safely
Once the Christmas feast period is over, be sure to safely dispose of any leftovers and keep them away from puppy dog eyes.
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