Christmas is upon us. Whether or not you celebrate the holiday on the Eve or on Christmas Day itself, one of the most important parts of the holiday is the food. Food is typically the centerpiece of any society’s holiday celebrations. Your pets will probably cry for some scraps or even demand to lick your plate or bowl after you are done. While this may be part of your normal routine, exercise extra caution during your feasts. Here are some examples of common holiday foods that you shouldn’t allow your dogs to ingest.
Whatever you want to call it, alcohol is another popular element of holiday parties. Even if your gathering this year is small or totally nonexistent, you will probably want to mark the occasion with some brews or liquor – as long as you don’t let your dogs drink any! Respiratory distress, tremors, coma, and even death can come as a result!
It can be hard to stay awake these days – not enough sleep and too much stress will take their toll. Believe it or not, caffeine is technically a drug; it’s a stimulant! As such, you shouldn’t let your dogs have any. So that means that coffee, tea, and chocolate are all ruled out as well.
Even if you are a person who does not enjoy sweets, the popularity of candy is undeniable. Sugar isn’t the best, but in small doses, your dogs should be okay. The real scary thing about letting your doggies have some candy is the artificial sweetener known as xylitol. It could lead to liver failure, which is just as bad as it sounds.
So now we come to the biggest no-no for your canine friends: chocolate. Yes, chocolate is bad for dogs, just like grapes and nuts. Always keep an eye on your dogs, especially for curious and rambunctious puppies who are always ready to snack on something. Theobromine is the toxic element here, which can lead to seizures and death.
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