5 Holiday Foods to Keep Away From Your Pet
The holidays are here, which means you're probably spending a lot of time with your family. But what about your pet?
It's easy to forget about the little guys during the hustle and bustle of gift-giving and family dinners, but it's important to remember that they're still part of your family—and they deserve holiday attention too!
With that in mind, we've put together a list of five-holiday foods you should avoid giving your pet.
While those puppy eyes can be difficult to say no to, it’s important to be disciplined and avoid giving human treats to your pup. Candy canes, in particular, are not good for pets and especially for dogs. They contain xylitol, which is toxic to dogs. It can raise their heart rate, cause palpitations, and make them hypoglycemic—and that's not good for anyone!
Cranberry sauce is a staple at most holiday meals, but are not safe to eat for dogs. Holiday treats such as cranberry sauce (with its high sugar content), fruitcakes or cookies made with raisins, currants, or grapes, are bad for dogs. So make sure you keep them away from your dog's reach.
Although some nuts are safe for pets in small quantities, such as cashews and peanuts, others can cause obesity and pancreatic issues. Giving your dog salted nuts could also lead to water retention, and certain types of nuts (like almonds) might be a choking hazard.
This is a common mistake, but it’s important to remember that alcohol can be fatal for dogs. Alcohol is toxic to the canine body, and even small amounts of beer, wine or hard liquor can cause vomiting and diarrhea—and in severe cases, death.
While these bones may seem harmless at first glance, they actually pose a serious risk to pets. It can choke your dog, and can also cause intestinal blockages. Instead of turkey bones, opt for a rawhide chew instead. This will not only put your pet away from hard, sharp bones but also help keep his teeth clean.
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