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Poisonings at Christmas - Mince pies

Poisonings at Christmas - Mince pies

Mince Pie Poisonings

Whether it’s your puppy’s first Christmas, or if they’re a festive veteran – keeping them safe takes some thought and care. It can be easier and quicker than we think for our dogs to grab something they shouldn't, and the results can be devastating.

Mince pies and Christmas cake

These both contain raisins, which come from grapes – and are highly toxic to dogs. Eating food that contains grapes or raisins can cause kidney failure in your dog. If you think your dog has eaten anything containing grapes or raisins, you must contact your vet straight away - do not wait until morning or the next day.

Infographic showing the danger of mince pie poisoning at Christmas for dogs

Robin Hargreaves, Senior Veterinary Advisor, Agria Pet Insurance:

“Raisins and grapes can in some circumstances be highly toxic. Owners who think their pets have had access to foods containing raisins (which may be more likely over the Christmas period) should contact their vet for advice immediately.

“The treatment can be complicated and require hospitalisation for a number of days if the pet has had time to digest and absorb the food.

“Toxicity is very variable and unpredictable so your vet may have to treat your pet very aggressively before any symptoms develop just in case, because once damage is done it can be irreversible.

“It is always far better to be extremely vigilant and prevent access to grapes, or any food containing raisins.”

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