HOLIDAY FOODS THAT ARE BAD FOR DOGS

The holidays are here, and the risk of dogs coming in contact with dangerous foods your dog should never eat can be high. Although some human food is healthy for dogs to eat, there are many foods, especially holiday foods that are bad for dogs, cats and other pets.  

Veterinarians and Pet Insurance Companies report that the holidays bring an increase in pancreatitis, gastroenteritis and other health issues due to dogs ingesting human foods that are toxic to pets. Keep your holidays Merry and Bright by avoiding a potential pet health emergency.


HUMAN FOODS THAT ARE TOXIC TO DOGS


As soon as my sister walks through the door, one of the first things she says is "Can I give the dogs a treat?" For some reason, people that don't have pets often feel compelled to give my dogs treats or sneak them food from the dinner table.  They don't realize there are many human foods that are toxic to dogs, some can even be fatal!  

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Holiday Foods That Are Bad For Dogs

Traditional Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkuh foods can be very rich and loaded with ingredients that are harmful to dogs.  

Here are the most common people foods to avoid feeding your dog, not just during the holidays but all year round.

* Onioins
* Garlic
* Chocolate
* Alcohol
* Turkey skin and fat trimmings of meats
* Macadamia nuts or Walnuts
* Chips or pretzels (they contain too much salt)
* Grapes and raisins
* Caffeine (keep dogs away from coffee and tea)
* Any food that contains Xylitol, commonly found in candy, baked goods, and "sugar free" foods and beverages

Sauces and gravies often contain these ingredients, so don't let your dog lick up gravy or sauce.  M
arinated meats, dips, baked goods and other dishes may also contain food ingredients that are harmful to dogs.

If you're baking or cooking from scratch make sure the dog doesn't get into ingredients like baking soda, baking powder, onion powder or salt, apple cores or seeds from apple pie making, yeast, sugar, or spices. These foods can be poisonous to dogs.

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Human Foods That Are Toxic To Dogs & Other pets

Don't let your dog chew on cooked bones from meat or poultry. Cooked bones are too soft, they can splinter and pierce your dog's intestines or cause a blockage.


HUMAN FOODS THAT ARE HEALTHY FOR DOGS 


Now that we've talked about foods that are bad for dogs, are there healthy human food alternatives you can give dogs during holiday festivities? Yes! There are plenty of delicious human foods that are safe for dogs to eat, so they can celebrate the holidays safely along with you.  

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Human Foods That Are Healthy For Dogs

In addition to holiday food for us humans, I put together a collection of human foods that are healthy for dogs, so Icy and Phoebe feel included. Having pet safe human food on hand not only allows me to include the dogs in holiday festivities, it also discourages my guests from slipping them unhealthy food or snacks from the dinner table! 

These human foods are healthy for dogs, and most dogs love at least a few of them!

* Carrots
* Bananas
* Blueberries
* Apples
* Sweet Potato (Cooked, not raw)
* Pumpkin (100% canned or fresh pumpkin, cooked not raw)
* Peas
* String Beans
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 Pineapple
* Broccoli
* Organic applesauce
* Organic Peanut Butter
* Nonfat Yogurt
* Eggs (boiled, scrambled, poached - not cooked in butter, fat, or vegetable oil - olive oil is ok)


Icy and Phoebe love pretty much all of these fruits and veggies, and they especially love eggs.  I often mix these foods in with their regular dog food. I like the added nutrition and they love the taste and variety.

For holiday gatherings, I put out my platter of healthy human foods for dogs and let guests know they can freely give my dogs treats from the platter instead of sneaking them table foods that are unhealthy or toxic to dogs. 

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When the big holiday meal is served, my dogs eat right along with us. I make them a plate of turkey (No Skin!) with pumpkin, peanut butter, nonfat yogurt or applesauce, and some of the vegetables above.  They know it's a special holiday meal made just for them, and they feel included in our holiday feast.

Keep your dogs and other pets safe during the holidays. However you celebrate, Icy, Phoebe and I wish you and your families a joyous and healthy holiday season!!  🎄


Would you add any foods to the list of people foods that can be dangerous to pets?  What about the list of human foods that are healthy for pets? Please leave us a comment, we love when you bark back to us!

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