Foods to Not Feed Your Pet During Holidays
A big staple of the holiday season is delicious food, with warm scents of fresh baked cookies and a big roaster turkey filling the home! But as much as you might want to share these yummy treats with your furry best friend, you really have to be careful. Here is our guide to the foods you shouldn’t give your dog, cat, or other pet during the holidays – keeping the season pet-safe and stomach-ache free!
Firstly, avoid giving your pup discarded bones. Although it may be tempting to share some leftover bones with your pet, cooked bones are not the same as dog chew bones. When bones are cooked, they become brittle. These brittle bones can splinter and become lodged in your pet’s throat or start cutting up their intestines.
Don’t be tempted to share any foods rich in garlic or onions either. Both of these ingredients are known to cause gastrointestinal irritation, and no one wants to purposefully give their pet a bad belly ache! Foods that are rich in fattiness can be too heavy for your dog to digest, so don’t give them this either.
Dairy products aren’t too good for your pet either, despite the stereotype of giving your kitty a saucer of milk! Once mammalian animals grow past their baby-hood, their digestive system can no longer process dairy.
Believe it or not, raisins and grapes are poison to dogs and cats. Both of these can lead to kidney failure. If you think your pet may have ingested something with raisins or grapes, get in touch with your vet right away!
Of course, definitely don’t give your pet any chocolate or alcohol. Both of these are incredibly dangerous for animals and can lead to a very serious health complication. No one wants to end up in the emergency room on Christmas eve!
This being said, you can share your white meat turkey with your pup! Just make sure you cut away the fatty bits and skin. This can be a healthy little treat to share. You can also offer your pet apples, bananas, carrots, and pumpkin puree! Just make sure these ingredients are all offered as plain and simple as possible, no extra sugars or additives.
Instead of sharing everything you have prepared for your human guests on your dinner table, cook or bake some pet-friendly dishes to share with them instead! Happy Holidays!