Here’s a timely re-post about Holiday food hazards for dogs!
Each year we try to outline some of the holiday-related toxins that dawgs should stay away from. It’s tempting to give our pets lots of treats (especially when we’re getting so many!), but the fact is, certain people foods (and other holiday items) can be hazardous to their health!
The usual dog-toxin suspects we list each year include:
- Bones (no Turkey bones, Ham bones, Chicken bones etc.) They can lacerate or obstruct your pets insides–use them for making stock, not as a treat for your pet. (The bones that come in certain dog foods have been really softened up by soaking for a long time.)
- Animal Fat (undigestable); plus too many fatty, rich or new types of food can give your pet pancreatitis or gastroenteritis; two medical conditions that can be painful and even life threatening.
- Gravy / Butter / Dairy (a little turkey broth is OK!)
- Chocolate / Nuts
- Garbage / Tin Foil / Plastic Bags (always tasty but toxic)–they can also cause a bowel obstruction.
- Poinsettas, Holly, Mistletoe, Cedar (trees) – all toxic
- Alcohol / Coffee
- Onions/Onion Powder (often found in stuffings, can destroy red blood cells and cause anemia.)
- Raisins / Grapes contain a toxin that can cause kidney problems in both cats and dogs.
- Also make sure your pet has a quiet retreat during the hectic festivities that may be overwhelming–give him/her a break if they appear stressed. Mental health is important for pets, too!
More detailed info can be found online: