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Dec 9, 2014

Holliday food dangers

Holiday food dangers:


Chocolates and Candy:  Chocolate contains chemical compounds called methylzanthines, including caffeine and theobromine, which have many toxic effects in dogs.  Additionally, the fat and sugar in chocolate and candy can cause serious gastrointestinal abnormalities, such as vomiting, diarrhea and pancreatitis.

Fats and Proteins:   Holidayfoods, including animal skin, meats and cheese, are high in calories and contain large percentages of fat and protein.  Even feeding your pet an amount of these foods that visually appears small can exceed your pet’s daily caloric requirements.  Additionally, the interruption of your dog’s consistent consumption of a particular food by feeding him holiday foods will increase the likelihood of gastrointestinal upset.


Bones: Cooked bones are harder than raw bones and prone to splintering, causing irradiation to the lining of the stomach and intestines.  Large pieces or multiple bones can be ingested, potentially causing esophageal, gastric or intestinal obstruction.  This year, don’t be “that owner” berating yourself after your pet has gotten sick after eating your leftover steak bone.


Dried Fruits:  Raisins (and grapes) have an unknown toxic mechanism, which causes damage to the canine kidney.  Although the toxic effects are most commonly seen when large amounts are consumed, it is recommended to prevent your dog from eating raisins and grapes.  I recommend not feeding your pet any dehydrated fruits, as they are high in calories, and may contain preservatives (sulfites, etc.), and could lead to vomiting, diarrhea or other health concerns.


We wish you and your pet the very bets of Holiday Season and a Happy New Year.


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