Eat, drink... but don't give your pet sherry!

Cat Eating from Bowl

At this time of year, diets go out the window and we all indulge a little. Chocolates, rich Christmas dinners, sumptuous puddings and mince pies are everywhere and it’s only natural that you would want to share them with your best pal.

For us, all these treats may just lead to us putting on a pound or two but they can be extremely harmful to dogs. Even if you’re aware of the dangers of Christmas food, the Dogs’ Trust recommends hiding these treats away from curious noses.

We’ve put together a handy list of some of the food you should avoid feeding your pet for a healthy Christmas. If you are concerned they have eaten something they shouldn’t or they appear unwell, contact your vet. 

  • The Christmas roast

Cats and dogs are carnivores so you might see them licking their lips as you carve the turkey. But your festive roast is likely to have been cooked in butter or oil, which is too rich for your pet. Some types of meat, particularly duck or goose, are also very fatty and can cause an upset stomach. 

But that doesn’t mean your four-legged friend has to miss out on something festive. Why not try our Spoil Me! or Indulge Me! ranges for something special or our limited edition bone with turkey and cranberry? Take a look at our website for more ideas.

  • Sweet treats

Christmas puddings and mince pies are filled with spiced fruit and nuts, often drenched in alcohol, so they are potentially dangerous to our pets. Sultanas and raisins are poisonous for both cats and dogs so it’s important you keep them out of reach, while the high fat content in festive puddings can cause stomach problems.

  • Alcohol

Although many cats and dogs are put off by the strong smell of alcohol that doesn’t mean they won’t want to try it, particularly if it’s a glass of creamy Irish liqueur. However, alcohol is toxic to animals so should be avoided completely.

  • Chocolate

Theobromine, a stimulant contained in chocolate, is extremely harmful for dogs and cats because it raises their heart rate and may bring on a seizure or heart attack. Many of us would never knowingly feed them chocolate . . . but that doesn’t mean they won’t be tempted by an open box or edible decoration!

  • Miscellaneous

No-one wants to be on their guard 24 hours a day but other potentially dangerous foods include onion and garlic, often found in stuffing, and certain types of nuts, particularly macadamia so be careful not to feed your pet these too.

Finally, on behalf of everyone at HiLife, keep an eye on your pet but don’t worry too much. We hope you all have a lovely Christmas! 

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