Dec 24, 2018
Holiday Foods That Are Bad For Dogs
Contributed by Dr. Alison Birken, owner and DVM of Victoria Park
Daily pet emergencies at the hospital nearly double during the
holidays, with the consumption of toxic foods for dogs being one of
the leading causes. While there are potentially harmful holiday
decorations, hazardous holiday
plants and Christmas trees, there is
also a hefty list of what not to feed dogs. So to ensure more time
celebrating, and less time at the veterinary hospital, check out
these toxic foods for dogs.
What Not to Feed Dogs Over the Holidays
- Rich and Fatty Foods. Rich and fatty
foods can cause problems ranging from stomach upset to more
serious illnesses such as pancreatitis, which causes pain, vomiting
- Alcohol. Alcohol can cause
intoxication in our pets, and many dogs are attracted to the sweet
taste and smell.
- Candy Canes, Gingerbread Cookies, Popcorn, Raisins and
Cranberry Garlands. Candy canes, gingerbread cookies,
popcorn, raisins and cranberry garlands can also be enticing to
your pet, but when ingested, can cause upset stomach or a more
serious intestinal obstruction.
- Chocolate, Coffee and Tea. Chocolate,
coffee and tea all contain dangerous components called xanthines,
which cause nervous system or urinary system damage and heart
muscle stimulation. Problems from ingestion range from
diarrhea to seizures and death. Unsweetened baking chocolate
and dark chocolate are the most toxic to our pets.
- Uncooked Meat, Fish and Poultry. Uncooked
meat, fish and poultry can contain disease-causing bacteria, such
as E. coli, and parasites like Toxoplasma
- Bones From Fish, Meat or Poultry. Bones
from fish, meat or poultry—even small bones—can splinter and cause
tearing throughout the intestinal tract, requiring surgery.
- Tobacco. Tobacco products can be
fatal to pets if ingested. Signs of poisoning develop within 15-45
minutes and include over-excitement, salivation, vomiting and
diarrhea. Pets may develop seizures, collapse and even die from
cardiac arrest. Keep all tobacco products out of reach and make
sure to empty all ashtrays regularly.
- Uncooked Yeast Dough. Uncooked yeast
dough can expand and produce gas in the digestive system,
causing pain and possible rupture of the stomach or
- Grapes, Raisins, Macadamia Nuts
and Xylitol. Grapes, raisins, macadamia nuts and
xylitol (an artificial sweetener) are toxic for pets.
By being aware of dangerous foods for dogs, you can better avoid
potential pet emergencies. And with all the festivities, do not
forget to relax and spend some quality time with your pet. Your dog
will truly think that is the best gift of all!