Vet warns dog owners over Christmas dog treats

Christmas dog treats
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Every year, dog owners gift their pooches with Christmas dog treats - and it’s not surprising considering how much we humans over-indulge on our favorite foods over the festive season.

From advent calendars and “doggy beer” to pigs in blankets and “pupcakes”, the market for festive dog treats has never been bigger. However, vets are warning owners (and their friends and families) to be cautious when treating their favorite four-legged friends with these products.

It’s believed that some of these festive treats pose a huge risk to our pets due to the chemicals used, such as sodium sulphide and hydrogen peroxide, to clean, color, and rid them of any rancid smells.

There is also concern that these cheery-looking festive products may lead to intestinal blockages or become a choking hazard.  

Another of the main concerns is the amount in which dogs may be fed over the Christmas period.

As the resident PetsRadar vet, Catherine Barnette DVM, explains, “In general, treats should account for no more than 10% of your dog’s daily caloric intake,” in order to provide your dog with a well-balanced diet. 

“Treats are an important component [in] bonding and training,” says Catherine, but it’s crucial to ensure that they are safe for your beloved pooch.

For help with treating your dog the right way, check out our guide to the best dog treats on the market, the 5 top treats for sensitive stomachs, and our guide on how to make your own homemade dog treats from scratch. 

Chloe Petrylak

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