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Dog Pet Health: Holiday Foods You Should Never Share With Your Dog

By    |   Monday, 12 Jan 2015 04:00 PM

When it's the season for gifts, singing, and indulging in wonderful holiday foods, pet owners should be careful their dogs don’t manage to sneak a bite of some foods that can be harmful to their health.

Here are six holiday foods that are often around the house in abundance when you celebrate with friends and family.

You should avoid sharing these with your dog:

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1. Raisins, currants and grapes, often found in popular foods like fruitcakes, may cause problems with dogs’ kidneys, according to Pet Poison Helpline.

2. Fatty meat scraps can cause dogs to develop pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas, PPH said, which leads to vomiting, bloody diarrhea, and pain.

3. Holiday baking — and who doesn’t love homemade cinnamon rolls — can be a problem if your dog gets hold of bread dough. The yeast in the dough can cause your dog’s digestive system to become gassy, and may even cause stomach or intestines to rupture, according to the ASPCA. After the bread is cooked, it’s OK for your dog to have small amounts.

4. Alcoholic drinks
and even foods with alcohol in them can cause dogs a variety of problems, depending on the amount ingested. The ASPCA said alcohol can cause vomiting, diarrhea, central nervous system depression, difficulty breathing, and other problems.

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5. Many homes are full of chocolate treats for the holidays — think fudge — and chocolate can be toxic for dogs, according to MentalFloss.com. This sweet treat contains methylxanthines, alkaloid chemicals that stimulate the nervous and cardiovascular systems, as well as caffeine, another stimulant.

While people are able to process those chemicals pretty quickly, that’s not the case with dogs. It’s difficult to determine how much chocolate a dog can eat because different chocolates contain different amounts of the chemicals, MentalFloss said. The best bet is to keep chocolate well away from your dog.

6. Macadamia nuts aren’t good for your dogs, even though they taste darned good in candy. VetStreet.com reports that it’s unclear what causes dogs to get sick when they eat these nuts, but signs of a problem include vomiting, weakness, tremors, joint pain, and pale gums.

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