For our U.S. neighbours, Thanksgiving is just the start of the busy holiday season, with plenty of delicious food and drink, socializing and late nights.
(In Canada, our Thanksgiving has come and gone – October 10th, so it’s not as connected to the Christmas season).
All that partying can be hard on a Morkie! Especially richer foods. Here’s what you can do to keep your dog healthy and happy over the holidays.
Avoid all rich foods
We like to indulge our babies with treats, but just a few bites of turkey for example, can send your Morkie running with diarrhea. Not fun for either of you. Because they’re so small, even small amounts of the wrong food can have a dramatic effect on your Morkie, so be careful feeding him:
Fatty meats, gravies and side dishes – irritating to your Morkie’s digestive system, and can be stimulate mild to severe pancreatitis or inflammation of the pancreas, a vital organ in digestion. For more about this painful condition, please visit Doctors Foster and Smith’s excellent site.
Bones and other scraps – dogs can’t, of course, have cooked bones. Even poultry tendons can give him a real pain in the stomach or cause choking. Although dogs CAN eat raw bones as part of a healthy RAW diet, you’ll want to carefully explore that option first.
Alcohol, chocolate and caffeine – You know that uncle who thinks it’s funny to see your Morkie drink a beer? Not funny. At all. Alcohol of any kind, chocolate and caffeine are strong enough to make literally kill your small dog!
Most types of nuts, all sweet baked goods and chips, pretzels, crackers and chips are not good for a dog. Again, they contain high levels of fat, far too much sodium, plus some types of nuts (notably Macadamia Nuts) are actually extremely poisonous to dogs.
Other party foods to avoid for your Morkie:
- anything citrus
- grapes & raisins – very poisonous
- Salt and salty snack foods
- Xylitol — used as a sweetener in many products, including gum, candy, baked goods and toothpaste and VERY toxic to dogs.
Did you know you can give your Morkie Pepto-Bismol for a simple upset stomach? If he’s vomiting or has diarrhea, try this: 1 teaspoon of liquid Pepto-Bismol for every 5 pounds. Administer every 2 hours.
If there’s no improvement after 3 rounds (6 hours), contact your Veterinarian.
PLEASE NOTE: Pepto-Bismol is not for cats.
The Great Escape
Small dogs can easily run outside before anyone notices, and be gone. With guests coming and going, and lots of confusion in the foyer, your Morkie can slip out and his absence might not be noticed for many hours.
By then, he could be grabbed by a stranger, picked up by your local humane society, or be hit by a car. So while your guest are coming and going, why not keep your Morkie in his crate / cage, or close him up in a room far from the front door. Even if he barks while locked up, it is worth it.
Deborah Gray, Small Dog Expert, is not a veterinarian. This information is not intended as a substitute for advice from your pet’s veterinarian or any other … or to replace the recommendation or prescription of your pet’s veterinarian.
What’s your best tip for happy holidays with your pets?