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Christmas Dangers for Dogs

1- Chocolate. Avoid giving your dog any chocolate. The higher the cocoa content the more toxic it can be for your dog. Commercially available doggy chocolate contains no cocoa.

2- Grapes. Fresh and dried grapes can be toxic to dogs. Raisins are especially toxic to dogs so avoid giving them Christmas Pudding, Christmas cake, mince pies etc.

3- Poinsettia. Like other members of the Euphorbia family it has toxic sap that can cause skin burns.

4- Fairy Light Cables. Can be tempting for dogs to chew.

5- Turkey Bones. Tend to splinter and potentially cause internal damage

6- Over Excitement. Try as far as possible not to upset your dog's routine. If you're having a lot of people around make sure your dog can get away from the excitement and has a place to be quiet and relaxed... even if you don't have that luxury yourself!

For group dog training, 1-2-1 training, behavioural assessment, dog walking and general canine advice contact Kevin Colwill (regular contributor to BBC Radio Devon and Dog World Newspaper) 01288353185 or email


By kevincolwill at 20:04 on 08/12/12


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