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Keep your dog safe from risky foods this Christmas

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To us humans, Christmas means eating our fill of delicious foods but owners have been advised to be careful about which scraps they give pups this festive season.

By Natasha James

Published on the 23/12/2020, 18:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:23

In this strangest of years when many of us can’t see our friends and family, we’re making the most of festive grub!

Mince pies, pigs in blankets and turkey sandwiches are all on the menu but which treats are safe to give Fido?

Dogs Trust Manchester have shared a list of festive foods and drinks that could be harmful to your pet.

Keep your dog away from these festive foods...

They have advised that dogs should not consume Christmas cake, Christmas pudding, mince pies, hot chocolate, mulled wine or any alcohol.

Not specifically festive but it's also a good idea to avoid any onions, leeks, garlic, shallots and chives.

Deck the halls not your dog!

And, it’s not just the food and drinks that can be poisonous so don’t let your dog swallow any decorations (tinsel is especially attractive and particularly toxic), holly berries or mistletoe.

All of these seemingly harmless foods and decorative items can cause severe gastrointestinal problems for pups.

A warning from veterinarians

Around this time of year, vets see huge increases in dogs brought into their surgeries with possible poisonings.

It can be hard to resist those pleading puppy eyes when you’re sitting at the table but if you must give them festive treats stick to turkey, this white meat won’t cause any harm.

Watch also: Healthy fruit for dogs