Christmas is a time for eating and drinking far too much. This ranges from eating too much Christmas dinner, such as turkey, stuffing, roasted vegetables and gravy, followed by Christmas pudding and mince pies in the evening.
After all, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without mince pies, pigs in blankets, sausage rolls and other party food.
Enjoying food without your furbaby looking at you with those longing eyes or putting their head on your lap is always hard. However, it is important to be aware that most, If not all, Christmas treats we enjoy are usually toxic to our dogs.
We hope this article will help provide insight into Christmas Toxic foods for dogs and what should be kept out of your dog’s way.
Mince pies – can my dog eat mince pies?
Never give dogs mince pies. The mincemeat is made up of fruit that contains raisins. Raisins can lead to our dogs suffering from acute kidney failure and, in rare cases, lead to death.
This applies to not only raisins but also currants, sultanas and grapes
As well as being toxic die to raisins, mince pies are also high in sugar and fat, which can lead to an upset digestive system, so you see, they are bad for our dogs (and a lot of humans, especially if you have diabetes or are on a low potassium diet)
If you haven’t been put off mince pies yet, then remember they usually come in a small foil case, which can provide a choking hazard for our curious dogs as they
If you are opting for the low-sugar option, then these contain xylitol, which is an artificial sweetener that is poisonous to dogs
So the short answer to Can dogs eat mince pies is NO. However, Tesco do a dog-friendly mince pie
Help, my dog has eaten a mince pie
If your dog manages to get hold of a mince pie, you must contact your vet as soon as possible. They will be able to advise you on the best course of action depending on just how much they have eaten
You also need to keep your eye open for any of the following symptoms
- vomiting and diarrhoea
- An increase in thirst
- an increase in drooling
- lack of appetite
- wobbling when they walk
Other Christmas food dangers
Rawhide treats and bones are very common in Christmas stockings and other places at Christmas.
It is important to remember that rawhide is deadly for your dog due to how it is bleached and glued etc., and we highly recommend you read our article on why you shouldn’t give a dog rawhide.