There are so many delicious foods to enjoy during the holidays that it’s understandable to want to share a taste with our four-legged friends. However, before you reach down to feed a bite of your seasonal treats to your dachshund, make sure it’s safe for them to eat. Take a look below at some of the common holiday season foods that can be a serious problem for your pup.
The contents of this popular side dish make it very dangerous to dachshunds and other dogs alike. As Pets Best notes, stuffing often contains onions, scallions and garlic, which can cause life-threatening anemia – the destruction of red blood cells.
If your family opts for ham instead of turkey this year, be sure to keep it away from your dog. Not only can it cause pancreatitis, upset stomach, vomiting and diarrhea, but ham tends to also have a very high fat content which can be unhealthy for your dog if given too much.
Although your dachshund may always chew on bones, turkey bones can lead to a number of problems for your four-legged friend. For starters, allowing them to chew on the turkey bone can give them indigestion. If they swallow one of the bones whole, they could also start vomiting or end up with a bowel obstruction. The biggest concern is that poultry bones are known to frequently splinter which can result in sharp shards of bone traveling through your dog’s digestive tract which could lead to a puncture or serious internal injuries.
While plain potatoes are OK for dogs to eat, most holiday mashed potatoes contain milk and butter, which can cause diarrhea in dogs that are lactose intolerant. Many people also like to dress up their spuds with garlic or onion, as well, and as we’ve already discussed, these seasonings can be very toxic to all dogs.
Even though your dog may go nuts at the smell of chocolate, it’s important to make sure they don’t indulge – even if you do. You probably know that chocolate is toxic for dogs, and the last thing you want to deal with is a sick dog during your holiday celebrations. Do your pup – and your palate – a favor and keep the chocolate to yourself.
If you’re looking to bring a dachshund home this holiday season, Patti’s Dachshund Farm is the place to turn. We have beautiful dachshund puppies available that are sure to become wonderful additions to your family. For more information, feel free to call us at either 334-385-2600 or 713-591-7412 today!