With Easter Fun Come Holiday Food Dangers For Your Fur-baby

The holidays are a festive time of year filled with fun and food, but it’s important to keep safety in mind so that you and your Yorkie can enjoy the season. With all of the hustle and bustle, it can be easy to give into begging or overlook a dropped morsel or two, but it’s important to keep certain holiday foods away from your pup.

Here are some of the foods to keep away from your Yorkie.

#1 – Chocolate

This is one of the most well-known of dangerous foods for dogs, mainly because it’s so toxic. Not only can it cause gastrointestinal issues, it can also be toxic to the liver. Varieties used for holiday baking, such as semisweet chocolate are considered the most dangerous. Yorkies can experience vomiting, increased blood pressure, abnormal heartbeat and seizures, even if they eat just a small amount of chocolate.

#2 – Cinnamon:

This spice is found in all sorts of yummy holiday treats, but it should definitely not be shared with your dog. Eating a small amount will usually not cause significant problems, but the cinnamon essential oil, often used to scent ornaments, candles, and other kinds of décor can tempt dogs to take a nibble, causing mouth blisters, vomiting, and diarrhea.

#3 – Fruitcake:

Although more common at Christmas.  Fruitcake is another dessert found on holiday tables can cause harm to your Yorkie. Fruitcakes usually contain grapes, raisins, and currants, which can lead to kidney failure if consumed by dogs.

#4 – Sugar-Free Treats:

Sugar-free foods containing xylitol can be toxic to dogs. It can lead a life-threatening blood sugar drop and liver failure.

#5 – Onions:

They can turn up in a number of dishes – cooked and uncooked. Onions can damage your puppies blood cells – so be watchful.

For more feeding information check out our “Feeding Your Yorkie” article.

Do you have more holiday foods suggestions?  Leave them in the comments below!