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Toxic Food For your Dog

pug looking at a pie across from the table

As the silly season is quickly approaching, now would be a good time to talk about gluttony. It’s that time of year when we like to prepare the belt with an extra notch and begin to mentally prepare for some over indulging. Keeping your dog healthy and safe over the festive season is important too. Just because you are indulging doesn’t mean it’s in the best interest of your pooch to do the same.

black pug looking at a pie from across the table

There are foods that are toxic for our furry family members, so be mindful of the following:


Onion powder,



Coffee or caffeine products

Mouldy or spoiled foods



Coconut and Coconut Oil

Milk and Dairy

Raw/Undercooked Meat, Eggs and Bones

Salt and Salty Snack Foods


Bread dough, yeast dough

Grapes, raisins, sultanas (including in Christmas cakes etc),


Nuts including macadamia nuts

Fruit stones (pits) e.g. mango seeds, apricot stones, avocado stones; fruit seeds,


Green unripe tomatoes


Too much fish

Cooked bones; small pieces of raw bone

Fatty trimmings/ fatty foods,

Xylitol (sugar substitute found in some products such as some types of sugarfree chewing gum, lollies, baking goods, toothpaste and sugarfree peanut butter).

RSPCA also reminds you to ensure your pet dog doesn’t have access to string wrappings around rolled roasts or absorbent pads found under meat when wrapped on trays. Most treats you can buy these days are too hard and cause your dog’s teeth to fracture. To test if the treat is too hard on your dogs’ teeth – push your thumbnail into the treat, if it leaves a mark, that’s a safe treat.

Pug puppy with a bone in his mouth up close to the camera

Remember the best kind of treat is love, attention and affection, try to replace edible treats with the kind of treat your dog really wants from you – you!

So over the festive season be sure to keep a watchful eye on your beloved canine companions and help keep them safe and healthy.


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