Over half of dog owners (56%) claim to understand the dangers of feeding their beloved pooch human food. Yet despite this knowledge, shockingly over two thirds plan to dish up Christmas dinner leftovers to their canine friend this December. This is despite 15% of respondents admitting that they have had to seek veterinary advice on Boxing Day after feeding their dog festive tit-bits.
The survey, of 2,000 UK dog owners, found that the most popular human foods served to our beloved pooches were turkey, gravy and stuffing.
Gerard Lovell, joint managing director at Forthglade, comments: “While, for the most part, owners are sharing their Christmas dinners as a sign of love for their dog, it is worrying that most are still in the dark about the harm they could be causing. It is essential that all owners understand that this misguided act of kindness can be potentially fatal.”
Forthglade has compiled a list of the top five festive food dangers for your dog this Christmas:
- Onion: found in stuffing and gravy can attack the dog’s red blood cells and cause life threatening anemia
- Gravy: often contains high levels of salt, which can cause kidney damage
- Grapes, raisins and sultanas: commonly used in Christmas desserts are toxic to dogs and in severe cases cause renal failure.
- Chocolate: contains theobromine, a toxic stimulant that can cause sickness, diarrhea and can even be fatal.
- Turkey: leftover turkey may seem like the safe option, but splinters from poultry bones can get stuck in the dog’s throat or piece intestinal tracts
The news story was run across a number of radio plus the Daily Express. Gerard Lovell (above right), joint managing director at Forthglade, and Nick Jones (left), Alpha Dog Behaviour, are pictured in the studio.