Dogs Trust Manchester have issued an important warning to dog owners ahead of December 25.
The animal welfare charity took to Twitter just days before Christmas to remind people of the dangers if pooches consume certain food or drink.
With most people eating, drinking, and being merry at this time of year, it's important to be extra vigilant to ensure your dogs are as safe as possible.
Posting a colourful diagram entitled Festive Food Safety, they captioned it: “With less than a week to go until Christmas, here's some useful info to keep your dog safe this festive season! #dogstrust #dogstrustmanchester #welovedogs #keepyourdogsafe #festivetips."
The first tip says: “Ensure human treats are out of sight, reach and smell.”
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And the second advises: “Don’t let your dog eat: Christmas cake, Christmas pudding, mince pies or chocolate.
"Avoid onions, garlic, leeks, shallots and chives. These cause vomiting, diarrhoea and damage to red blood cells."
The advice extends to liquids too, with the poster adding: “Don’t let your dog drink: Drinking chocolate, mulled wine or any alcohol."
There's also certain decorations that should be kept well out of reach too, as the diagram adds: "Watch out for holly berries and mistletoe. These cause vomiting, diarrhoea and lethargy."
Dogs Trust Manchester adds that one of the best ways to ensure your pooch behaves this festive season is to "teach the all-important ‘leave it’ lesson.”
Animal charity PETA have also warned that dressing dogs and cats in 'cute' Christmas costumes could be deadly.
Festive outfits for pets are becoming increasingly popular, with hats, scarves, coats and cloaks made specifically for animals widely available online.
The supposedly 'adorable' and 'cute' garments are sold as a way of injecting Christmas spirit into homes and putting a smile on people's faces.
But campaigners at animal charity PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) have issued a stark warning, advising against buying them.
They said involving pets in festive fancy dress could have "potentially disastrous consequences" including animals running away or even death.
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