Seasonal Scooby Snacks
Season’s tidings will soon be upon us all in full force and with that comes my favourite bit – all the luscious snacks and Christmas sweets that accumulate in the house! You name it and I’ll have a bite, be it turkey sandwiches with all the trimmings, or mini stollen bites and mulled wine. But with every rustling of unfurled tinfoil or plastic wrapping there’s at least one pair of beady eyes fixed on a potential prize.
My guilt-tripping companion is this fellow. His name’s Jaffa and like many a pet across the country he has trained me to share my morsels of food with him. They look us right in the eyes, deep into our soul and tug at our heartstrings.
HOWEVER! We’ve a duty as responsible owners to make sure this isn’t an excuse to let them pile on the pounds. Just because they love that scrap of beef or a saucer of custard doesn’t mean they should have it, unlimited, from every relative who comes to visit. I’m a mince pie fiend, but even I know if I had them morning, noon and night, I’d end up looking a lot more like good old Saint Nick.
Our pets haven’t got this self control, so they need us to be controlled for them. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying to not give your pets treats (I’m no Grinch), so here’s some things we can change or avoid so as to make sure you, and they, stay happy and healthy.
First Thing’s First: Food to Avoid (Toxic)
Let’s get this one out the way. The “DEFINITELY DO NOT HAVE”s. Avoid anything with the following ingredients:
- Chocolate (cocoa in particular, so no hot chocolate either!) – damages dogs’ livers and makes them feel very sick, can be fatal in high doses.
- Raisins, Currents and Grapes – even the smallest amount can lead to kidney failure, so avoid completely.
- Onion and Garlic – Too much can cause anaemia. Keep the extra stuffing for your turkey sandwiches in the next couple of weeks instead.
- Xylitol – An artificial sweetener found in some sweets like bubblegum, messes around with the sugars in the animal’s body.
- Cooked bones – These tend to splinter when crunched into, and can lead to potentially fatal shards of bone in the intestinal tract. So a big no-no, and be vigilant with turkey/chicken/Christmas roast carcasses.
- Walnuts and Macadamias
- Alcohol – You knew this was a no go from the start – Mittens doesn’t need that shot of sherry. Wine’s doubly terrible since it’s made from grapes!
Well then, what CAN you feed them??
In the second part to today’s blog I’ll talk about how to keep an eye on the amount of food your pet is scoffing, and some alternative healthy treats we recommend using. We’ll be publishing part 2 tomorrow, so keep tuned.