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How to get your dog safely through Christmas
Many dogs can develop digestive problems or food allergies after consuming foods that are not part of their regular diet. Additionally, certain holiday treats, such as chocolate, raisins, and grapes, can be particularly harmful to dogs. At least 200 dogs will suffer from poisoning in the holidays.
For many dogs and dog owners, the holidays end with worries and a trip to the vet.
Dark chocolate, in particular, is the major culprit. Along with containing a high cocoa content it also has theobromine, which is extremely toxic to dogs. Chocolate poisoning causes vomiting, abdominal pain, increased thirst, incontinence, tremors, and drooling within 4 to 24 hours of consumption..
The fatty and salty Christmas hams and roast pork can cause stomach upset and, in the worst-case scenario, acute pancreatitis.
Sourdough bread contains alcohol, which can cause alcohol poisoning in your dog if he or she consumes it.
Hard nuts can also be problematic because the dog's stomach is incapable of breaking them down. Of course, this also applies to holiday decorations and gift ribbons.
If your dog's normal behavior changes or he becomes suddenly afflicted with severe vomiting or diarrhea, you should contact your veterinarian.
You should be cautious if your dog suddenly stops wanting to eat and drink. In general, it is critical to consult a veterinarian if you have any concerns about your dog's health, but it is especially critical if the dog is young.
Christmas dog safety tips:
- Do not leave Christmas food and sweets out unattended.
- Avoid putting chocolate gifts under the Christmas tree.
- When visiting relatives and friends who are not used to dogs, take extra precautions to ensure that your dog does not receive food or sweets.
- Keep an eye on small children who can be generous with treats.
- Maintain your dog's physical health by sticking to a consistent exercise routine.
- Watch out for any potential dangers, such as holiday decorations or plants that can be harmful to dogs.
- Keep an eye on your dog's stress levels and give them cozy, familiar surroundings.
- During the holiday season, make sure your dog has a pleasant atmosphere and gets adequate rest. It's crucial to keep an eye on your dog's behavior and correct any deviations you see.
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