As the holidays draw closer, it is a time to spend with family, friends, and our beloved pets. It’s a time of the year when we enjoy foods we don’t usually get to eat, and we can be tempted to spoil our pets with a yummy treat. However, there are certain foods that you should avoid giving your pet. Let’s explore some of those below.
Chicken bones and turkey bones are hazardous and are holiday foods to avoid for dogs and other animals. When eaten, they can cause a puncture in the stomach lining, block the intestines or cause choking if broken into pieces. We know how much they love bones, but you could pay a hefty vet bill.
Nothing says holiday traditions like chocolate. Chocolate falls into the category of holiday foods that aren’t safe for dogs and cats as it is highly toxic to them. If they ingest the poisonous herb, it can cause seizures and even death. So, if you must give your dog a treat, other food items are safer choices.
Many holiday recipes contain nuts, and you might not even consider giving your pet a few to snack on. However, some animals can have allergic reactions to nuts. In fact, even a few small nuts can cause symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy.
Milk is another common ingredient in many holiday recipes where you could easily have leftovers to give your pets. Milk products are foods that aren’t safe for dogs and other animals. They cannot break down lactose like humans, and it can lead to a host of issues.
Onions and Garlic
Nothing beats the smell of onions and garlic running through the house during the holidays. It might be hard to resist the sad face of your cat or dog begging for some, but onions and garlic can cause a lot of damage to their red blood cells. It can cause a lot of stomach irritation and disrupt the entire system.
You’re not going to give your pet alcohol intentionally, but they are curious about any holiday drinks that might be left unattended. Alcohol can cause a lot of pain and discomfort for your pet and could even lead to death in some cases, so it’s best to keep them away from it altogether.
Always consult your veterinarian if you are unsure what would be safe for your pet to eat. You don’t want to take any chances, especially if you have a pet that is already suffering from a medical condition or one with a sensitive stomach. Happy holidays!
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