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Every Christmas, it’s the same old story. Everyone in the family is enjoying mouth-watering meals and scrumptious sweets with happy holiday abandon. Everyone, that is except Fido, who spends his Christmas looking either guilty or sad or both. Owners LOVE their pets, so seeing Fido left out of the festivities naturally brings out the gift-giver in owners and visitors alike. Pretty soon, Fido is being “treated” to buttery mashed potatoes, fat-laden gravy and stuffing, oniony green beans, splintery turkey bones, sugary cherry pie and – horror of horrors – decadent chocolate candy. According to Dr. Paul Ulrich of Bakersfield Veterinary Hospital, this is when the inevitable occurs. “Every holiday, we know we’re going to get a lot of dogs with vomiting and diarrhea,” Ulrich said. “People want to feed them leftovers, and all it really does is upset their stomachs.”
To avoid digestive disasters, or worse, here are a few simple dos and don’ts to follow:
Feed Fido his regular dog food.
Buy Fido pet store treats designed for animals.
Keep decorations and light cords out of Fido’s reach. Dogs love chewing on shiny stuff.
Feed Fido leftovers of any kind, including bones that can get stuck in the throat or perforate intestines.
Give Fido chocolate. It’s toxic to dogs and can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and even death.
Leave poinsettias where Fido can ingest them.