Which reminds me...the BEST treatment for an upset tummy is "prevention"
Here is a list of food to NOT give a dog during the holidays:
High fat foods
animal fat (trimmed off cuts
of meat), any gravy, sour
cream, pie crusts, cookies, any rich, greasy or creamy soup. High fat
foods can cause pancreatitis in dogs. Your dog will require veterinary
care for this very painful condition, just like it is in people... This
is especially true if your dog is used to a regular low-fat dog food.
Ice cream: people ice cream is
too high in fat for dogs. There are low fat ice creams made for dogs,
sold in supermarkets..
Almonds and apricot pits, they
are related and are toxic to dogs.
Candy: canes/hard candy sharp
pieces can lodge in their throat, causing obstruction, bleeding, choking
Chocolate: the chemical
Theobromine in chocolate is poisonous to all dogs. Theobromine can stay
in a dog's bloodstream for as long as 20 hours. Theobromine is also
poisonous to cats (especially kittens!) even horses and parrots!
Macadamia nuts: as few as 5 of
these nuts will cause an average size dog to appear to have
anxiety, and his hind legs will exhibit paralysis. Smaller dogs can show
these effects with fewer macadamia nuts.
again, can block the throat, cause choking, sticks to their teeth,
enhancing tooth decay.
grapes (including foods made
with these, like mincemeat, raisin cookies, etc. Causes vomiting, later
affecting the kidneys, and can lead to kidney failure.
Raw Bread dough, any raw dough
with yeast in it will ferment in the dog's stomach and cause alcohol
poisoning. The smaller the dog, the more susceptible he is to this.
shallots, the chemical in
these related veggies will accumulate in the dogs liver. Also related to
these are the bulb type flowers, like Iris, Tulips, Hyacinths, etc..
Alcohol: beer, liquor of any
kind, food enhanced with alcohol. Causes confusion and
instability, alcohol poisoning.
Even with a little
'sip' dog begin to loose coordination, control walking and may loose
bladder/bowel control or vomit.
Raw Trout and
raw salmon: some of these fish
carry parasitic worms and bacteria. Symptoms are vomiting and weakness,
swollen glands, and fever. My research said 90% of untreated dogs will
die. However, thorough cooking of these fish will kill the bacteria and
Bones: Chicken, turkey bones
are too easily broken. Cooked bones are worse than uncooked bones,
because cooking makes them more brittle, and they break into sharp
pointed shards that can stick or puncture a dog's throat, or any other
place along the digestive tract.
Xylitol, an artificial
sweetener, can cause low blood sugar ( hypoglycemia) in dogs.
Sudden change in dog food: If
you travel, bring dog food from home. And his own dish, as reminders of
home mean less stress and less chance of an upset tummy,
Plants: Most dogs will not eat
outdoor plants, so here's a few indoor plants that can make your dog
sick. If you suspect that your dog ate some of
ANY plant, we highly
recommend that you call your vet for specific treatment. Your vet
will need the name of the plant, how much you believe the dog ate, how
long ago, dog's age & weight, and vital signs, (if you know how to check
his pulse and heart rate).
Mistletoe: causes vomiting,
diarrhea, neurological problems and heart failure. Mistletoe's effects
in dogs is worse in the very young, the old, and the sick dogs. Can go
into shock! Call your vet immediately!
Holly: causes intense nausea,
vomiting and diarrhea.
Poinsettia: if eaten, can
cause drooling, irritation to skin, eyes, mouth and stomach. It is
Bulb plants: Jonquil, Tulip,
Hyacinth tulip, Lily-of-the valley, etc. The chemicals in the bulbs,
will affect the dogs liver, and accumulate in his liver.
Cocoa bean mulch: Some folks
use this indoors as well as outdoors. The mulch of the cocoa plant
contains the same chemical theobromine as in chocolate, and is just as
toxic to dogs. Unfortunately, the chocolate scent of the mulch is
irresistible to dogs.
( See "Pet Safety" on this
website, for lists of additional foods to avoid.)
At home, you dog will
be safe if your house is safe for the curious dog. Here is what happened
We learned the
hard way to never leave chocolate out and accessible to a dog. Not
even well wrapped candy boxes. I once had a pup who sniffed out a
gift I received. I did not know what was inside, but a dog has a
great sense of smell. The gift tie-on was a wrapped home made
chocolate pop. My then 5 month old yorkie pup had gotten out of his
penned in area, and wandered the (blocked off) room. He tore open
the loosely wrapped chocolate pop from its wrappings. Pooch must
have decided if this little package smells and tastes so good, ALL
these OTHER BIG GIFTS must have even more!!! Well, he chewed the
corner of several boxes, and tipped over the (thankfully) small
Christmas tree. We found him shivering in the corner, still smelling
of chocolate. Yes, my yorkie needed immediate vet care. He was fine
We did other good
things: No glass ornaments on the Christmas tree that are within his
reach. No food or spice ornaments on the tree!!! All wires were
covered, including a large 'wrapped' partial box, taped to the wall
to cover access to the outlet, so my pup could not decide to chew
(teethe) on the plug.
We kept no candies
or nuts within our dog's reach. We put these out where
ONLY people can reach them.
We put Hot
(Tabasco) sauce on the electric wires, especially the tree light
wires, as a deterrent, but we've since learned some dogs love the
We taught our dog
that his crate or pen is his "special place," not a means of
punishment. It will become his sanctuary, when he wants or needs to
When we have
company, we give the dog his favorite chew treat or toy and water
a so they can chew and or snooze, away from excitement, and people
We never lit
candles any lower than the highest he could jump. There was always
Merry Christmas and
Happy New Year!