Holidays are a wonderful time, but 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.



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.

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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.


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.


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
* 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, we wish you and your families a joyous and healthy holiday season!!  🎄

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Tail Wag Wisdom said...

Great tips to keep your dog safe during the holiday season! You're absolutely correct people often don't realize how toxic human foods can be for dogs and pets. I've started thinking that it's probably a very good idea for dogs and pets to go to their safe room or crate during dinner. The reason is I remember my brother as a child sneaking onion and garlic cover veggies to the family dog. Kids are very quick as are the eager dogs. Thankfully our dog was always okay. But that may not always be the case. I always find it interesting how reading your articles will lead me down a new road. Great job, Cathy! I'm sharing this with my dog parents.

LaylasWoof said...

Great post and reminder for all pet owners. Layla gets sprinkled garlic on her home made chicken jerky with my vets approval as in tiny doses it is safe. Happy Thanksgiving

Anonymous said...

It is a timely reminder for everyone that dog owners NEED each year. It is so easy to forget one little thing and have a Christmas drama with an unwell pup. Thank you for this!

Having a clear and simple list is super helpful.

Marjorie and Toulouse

FiveSibesMom said...

How cute is that pic of your furbaby with the chef hat? So cute! Such an important post! A great reminder to people now that the holidays are near. It's true, everyone always wants to give the pups something. I always kept a cabinet full of their treats (still have some that I gift to neighbor dogs) so folks could give them one. Sharing your post, of course! And sending out Happy Thanksgiving wishes to you and yours, Cathy!

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