Holiday Foods and Pet Safety

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Holiday season is food season, when we eat the best – and most – food of the year. There are roast turkeys, hams, pies, cookies, and fruitcakes, not to mention eggnog, hot toddies, and hot chocolate with marshmallows. It’s a dream come true for kids and adults. Our furry friends would love to join in the festivities as well – and that’s a problem. It’s hard to resist those puppy dog eyes, but resist we must. Several foods we enjoy can be deadly to our beloved canine companions.  

Six Holiday Foods That Can Harm Your Dog 

  1. Turkey
    “Oh, no, not turkey,” you say. “My dog loves turkey!” Yes, it’s true; dogs probably are as fond of turkey as their owners, especially the deep, rich dark meet with as much fat as possible under that crispy skin. But that rich, fatty dark meat with all the flavor can cause digestive problems for dogs. White meat in moderation is okay; however, turkey bones are not allowed because they are apt to splinter and puncture a dog’s digestive tract. 
  2. Other Meats, Especially the Fatty Cuts
    Ham and roast beef are bad for a dog’s digestive system as they are laden with salt, seasonings and fat. These can cause pancreatitis and gastroenteritis in your best friend and must be avoided. 
  3. Puddings and Fruitcakes
    These seem like harmless, even nutritious, bites for Fido. Don’t believe it. Both foods usually contain a bountiful supply of raisins. While raisins make these foods tasty, they will give your dog acute renal failure and are even more lethal than turkey bones.
  4. Heavily Seasoned and Fried Foods
    I think we all know these are foods to be avoided even by people most of the time. Fried, highly seasoned foods can be very difficult to digest. Foods such as doughnuts, mashed potatoes and gravy, biscuits slathered with butter and even the traditional tamales on Christmas Eve should be eaten very sparingly by people and not at all by the dog. These foods are not easily digested by humans and extremely hard on a dog’s digestive system.
  5. Chocolate
    Your dog cannot digest theobromine and caffeine, two elements present in chocolate. The more concentrated the chocolate is in the food, the more dangerous it is for dogs. Caffeine and theobromine can cause serious cardiovascular problems. If you think your dog has eaten any chocolate, particularly concentrated chocolate products such as brownies, fudge or a dark chocolate candy bar, get them to the vet immediately.
  6. Xylitol
    This seemingly innocent, all-natural sugar substitute is found in many products commonly used around the house. It is usually found in sugar-free gum and mints but also in nasal sprays and toothpaste. Ingested by a dog, it may cause hypoglycemia and in large doses, liver failure.

Enjoy your annual feast, but don’t involve man’s best friend in the indulgence. Treat Fido instead with long walks, tumbling through leaves, playing fetch and long cuddles by the fire. That will make him just as happy as a piece of fruitcake – and a whole lot healthier.

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