• Jason Ervin

Holiday Treats



Hello everyone! I’m Dogtor Elroy. It’s been a while since I’ve posted but thought that with the holidays coming up it was a good time to discuss some foods that you hoomans should keep away from us Doggos. Sometimes we just can’t help ourselves and we want to eat things that are bad for us.


First up is chocolate and caffeine. I know you hoomans love this tasty treat, especially around October when all of you dress up in strange outfits and give this to the little hoomans that bang on the door. It smells really great and is so tempting sitting on the counter, but keep it away from us because it can give us a nasty belly ache, make us act crazy, and worse it can sometimes cause seizures, heart arrhythmias, and death. The baking and dark kind are the scariest, but they can all be harmful to us.


While we’re talking about that sweet stuff that you guys like so much, some of it is sugar free which contains xylitol for a sweetener. This is bad news for us because it causes our sugar levels to drop to dangerous levels which can lead to seizures and liver failure.


Next up is alcohol and tobacco. I know some of you hoomans really like to party and us doggos do too, but not in the same way. Alcohol and tobacco can cause us to have a bad belly upset…. let’s be real, no one wants diarrhea and vomit and their floor, right? It can also make us completely uncoordinated, cause our brain to shut down, or kill us. Keep this kind of party far away please!


Us doggos like to be wherever you are, especially the kitchen because it smells so good there and sometimes people drop things on the floor that we can grab for a snack. Keep the seasoning and garnish away from us though. Even though some of it stinks we’ll eat it anyway, we’re not too picky. Onions, garlic and chives can cause damage to our red blood cells and make us anemic. Our housemates that meow are more at risk than us barkers, but we can still be affected too.


There are some things that you wouldn’t think would be harmful to us, but they really are. Grapes, raisons, cherries, and avocados can all be really healthy for you hoomans, but can cause things like acute kidney failure (grapes and raisons), fluid accumulation around the heart (avocados), or shock (cherries). The pits/seeds from things like mangos, cherries, avocados can also block our intestines and cause us to need emergency surgery which none of us want!


If you are baking some of the fluffy bread for your hooman party, keep the dough away from us. Mom told me a story about a day she worked at the ER and they had to take a doggo to surgery because the yeast dough expanded in the dog’s stomach which could have killed him. Luckily, he had some awesome surgeons who saved him, but let’s not take any chances, keep this far from us.


Lastly, salty or undercooked food is terrible for us. These can cause bacterial infections, swelling of our brain, or parasitic infections. This is sure to make us have the poos on your rug too….don’t say I didn’t warn you.


There is quite a long list of things us doggos can’t have that you hoomans are allowed….you guys are so lucky! Maybe next time we’ll talk about some things you can feed us!


Speaking of food, it’s about my dinner time! Until next time, be safe!


Dogtor Elroy


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