Christmas Treats for Dogs
Treating your dog at Christmas is a growing trend and there is a great choice of toys, costumes, advent calendars and crackers as well as special foods and treats for the big day itself! In fact, a recent survey by Guide Dogs of 2000 owners found that over 75% will be buying something special for their pets this Christmas.
When it comes to food & treats however, it’s important not to overdo it as not all dogs’ digestive systems will cope with richer treats or extras coming their way. Try to restrict extras to under 10% of your dog’s diet as this will help minimise any effects. Always make sure any home-cooked treats or scraps are suitable, as dogs can’t eat the range of foods that humans can. For example, onion, garlic, raisins, chocolate, coffee and alcohol are all toxic to dogs and can make them severely ill so should be avoided.
Some typical signs of an upset stomach are:
- Loss of appetite
- Excess gas or flatulence
- Urgency to reach the garden
Most symptoms will resolve themselves once the digestive system has a chance to rest but always seek veterinary advice if you have concerns.
We all want our dogs to enjoy Christmas this year, but hopefully for most, without a trip to the vet!