Parkinson Pets Newsletter

December 2021

Foods to keep away from dogs at Christmas

Chocolate
Chocolate is known to be particularly detrimental to pets health due to theobromine which can cause vomitting, diarrhoea, irregular heartbeats and even seizures or death.

Onions/Garlic
Vege’s from the Allium family, including onions, garlic, shallots, chives etc. are all known to contain some great medicinal qualities for humans, but these are poisonous to dogs.

Stuffing
Stuffing commonly contains onions and garlic which can kill red-blood cells in pets leading to anaemia.

Dates and Raisins Dried fruits are known to be toxic to pets. Raisins and sultanas can be especially toxic to both cats and dogs, potentially causing diarrhoea or kidney failure.

Stone fruits
Stone fruits, including avocados are known to be problematic for pets. When stone kernels are swallowed they can easily obstruct pets’ airways.

Pheasant skin
Turkey/Chicken skin or crackling while very tasty to pets can lead to pancreatitis

Gravy
Gravy is also highly tasty for pets but due to high salt and fat content can also lead to pancreatitis and general weight problems.

Cooked bones
Cooked bones should be kept away from pets since being more brittle can more easily become stuck in their intestinal tract or even puncture it!

Nutmeg
Nutmeg can cause increase heart rates, hallucinations and skin problems. Apart from resisting any adorable begging around Christmas celebrations it is important to make sure that food scraps are safely disposed of in tightly sealed bags or containers. If you suspect that your pet has consumed any of the above listed food items then arrange a check up at the nearest opportunity with you local vet.  

Healthy food habits for pets at Christmas
It can seem a lot to bear in mind for keeping your pet safe from any foods that can be detrimental to your pets health but there are effective ways to do it. And reinforcing obedient behaviors in your pet is one primary key to this as does paying attention to your pets weight management plan through regular exercise.