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5 Holiday Treats to Keep Away from Your Canine

Posted by admin on December 20, 2019

We love the holidays— especially when we get to spend more time with our favorite four-legged friends! Your pooch may try to join in the holiday fun by hanging out in the kitchen with you, begging for a sample of your freshly baked holiday treats. The pup parents at Perfect Pooch ask that you think twice before you share your treats as your dog can get very sick from most human ingredients. Check out our list of holiday treats to keep far away from your pets:


Giving your dog chocolate is a definite doggie no-no. Dogs are not able to digest substances such as caffeine or theobromine, which are active ingredients found in chocolate. Chocolate has been known to cause severe cardiovascular issues in dogs if they are able to get their paws on it. This year, just save the chocolate for yourself!

Macadamia Nuts

Ranking as one of the top most dangerous foods for your dog, macadamia nuts are certainly not dog-friendly. Ingesting macadamia nuts have been known to cause severe vomiting, ataxia, weak hind legs and even depression in dogs, so be sure to keep these well away from your pooch at all costs.


Most candies consist of a sugar substitute called Xylitol that causes low blood pressure in dogs. In some cases, your dog can experience seizures if they have candy containing this ingredient. With most things, the higher the dose that your dog consumes, the worse it can get. High doses can cause liver failure or end up being fatal. Keep your candy in a jar and nowhere near your four-legged friend this baking season!

Raisins & Grapes

Believe it or not, raisins and grapes are very poisonous fruits for dogs. While it all depends on the breed and size of your pooch with how severe the symptoms can be, side effects are almost always negative and have been known to cause severe kidney damage. To make things easier, we recommend that you drop your pup off at a doggie daycare so you can prepare for the holiday without worrying about your pup snatching up a grape!


While you’re making your scrumptious sugar plum recipes for the holiday (or dancing in the kitchen like the Sugar Plum Fairy), be sure to keep them well out of your dog’s reach. The toxic part of plums for dogs is in the pit. Plum pits are sharp and can do a lot of damage to your dog’s internal organs when swallowed. Plum seeds also release the toxin cyanide, which can be extremely dangerous, or even fatal. To sum it up, plums are a big puppy no no!

Keeping your holiday treats stashed safely in jars or pastry tins are a fantastic way to prevent any accidents with your dogs getting their paws on them. Your pup can celebrate the holidays with their own safe and tasty treats with these christmas dog treat recipes that are tail-wagging tasty! If you fear your dog won’t stop trying to take your treats, bring them over to Perfect Pooch! Our training classes will teach them to stay away from the kitchen counters and out of your holiday treats. Contact us today!