With Christmas just around the corner, I have some tips for keeping your pug safe this Christmas that will allow everyone to enjoy the day and no unexpected vet trips over the festive period. Check out these 5 foods your pug must avoid this Christmas.
We all love having some sweet treats at Christmas such as chocolate and lollies but these are treats that we should definitely keep to ourselves. Both chocolate and lollies can be dangerous for your pug and can not only lead to a costly trip to your vet but much worse for your pug.
Christmas pudding and fruit cakes contain grapes, sultanas, raisins and sometimes even macadamia nuts, not to mention alcohol. All of these are highly toxic to dogs so keep these treats for the people in your house this Christmas.
Cooked bones at any time of the year is unsafe for pugs but there are always more cooked bones around and it is the giving season. Feeding cooked bones is unsafe as they can splinter easily and cause harm to your pugs stomach and bowel. As much as you would love to, avoid the thought of giving your pug any cooked bones this year.
The rich, fatty foods we love to indulge in over the Christmas period is a no-no for your pug. This includes our favourite food bacon. Pugs have a much more sensitive stomach that we do and rich, fatty foods will upset them including upsetting their GI tract. Rich, fatty foods fed to pugs are the leading cause of Pancreatitis.
Grapes are a favourite fruit on Christmas day but they pose a hazard to pugs when ingested. Kidney failure is a common problem of grapes being eaten by pugs but they can also experience many other symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhoea as well as lethargy. Instead of grapes this Christmas, why not give your pug one of the good fruits to them like watermelon, apple (no core as this is toxic), strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, banana and many more.
Other Christmas tips to keep your pug safe:
- Keep decorations out of your pugs way as they can cause harm.
- Do not allow your pug to eat some of our favourite Christmas plants including Poinsettias, mistletoe and holly.
- Keep your pug inside and safe when there are fireworks. For more tips on keeping your pug safe during fireworks, check out this RSPCA article.
So there you have it… 5 foods to keep away from your pug this year. Enjoy the festive season and make it special for your pug too by feeding them something special that is still healthy for them.