Dangers to your dog at Christmas!

ht-logoFirst of all I would like to wish you all A Very Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!  

With Christmas just around the corner, things can sometimes get a little hectic and we can forget some of the dangers to our pets! In this blog we are going to highlight some of the dangers that can be around at this time of year!


  • Chocolate ! If your anything like my household at this time of year your house will be full of lovely chocolate treats. However chocolate is not a treat for our dogs! Chocolate especially Dark it is extremely poisonous to dogs as it contains theobromine which is toxic. Make sure you keep an eye on them hanging chocolates on the tree this year! PS Watch the advent calender’s too!


  • Tinsel & Decorations ! As pretty and lovely as all our Christmas decs look, they can be a danger as dogs can get tangled up within tinsel or try and eat them this can cause issues as they may cause blockage in the intestine. Keep an eye out for your dogs around the tree and house this time of year.xmas-tree
  • Turkey Bones ! The meal of the year that everyone looks forward to, It’s Key that you clear away your left over Turkey Bones properly. Cooked bones can splinter, this means if they are consumed by your dog they may puncture your dogs stomach and cause infection.


  • Christmas Tree’s ! Don’t worry you can still put your tree up as most tree’s have low toxicity levels but they may cause gastrointestinal upset (it’s very mild) this may cause vomiting or diarrhea. Pine needles are another one to watch as they can get stuck in paws and cause irritation! To insure your dog stays happy this Christmas vacuum daily and keep an eye on what there doing around your tree.
  • Alcohol !  This festive time of the year tends to mean the Brandy bottles have been brought out of hiding and the Prosecco bottles are flying off the shelf! As much as we all enjoy a nice drink over Christmas our dogs have a low tolerance to alcohol! Like humans it can damage their liver. Make sure your glass isn’t left unattended this Christmas!



Other Food To Be Aware Of-

  • Onions
  • Blue Cheese – Be careful when your enjoying your cheese boards!
  • Puddings
  • Fruit Cake
  • Mince Pies – Make sure Santa gets his mince pies and not your dog!
  • Caffeine
  • Avocado
  • Grapes & Raisins

I hope these tips help you keep your Dog safe this Christmas! You can always find more information on Dangers to your pets by googling certain foods or speaking to your vet!

Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

Love the Happy Tails Team x