If your dog is like mine, they’re probably right there in the kitchen always waiting for something to drop. Or they smell what’s cooking and come running. It’s hard to resist sharing a bite when that cute little face is staring up at you, but depending on the food, it probably isn’t a good idea.
The holidays bring more concern because food is out in the open, people are eating outside of the kitchen and much of what is served is rich in flavor, salt, sauce, sugar, chocolate and potential hazards for our furry friends.
It’s usually best to stick to the pet aisle when picking out treats and food for your dog. You can find actual dog cookies and some other natural or thoughtfully made treats that any dog would enjoy. We all want to have a good time this holiday season and keeping our dog safe from harmful food is important. Some helpful guidelines include, keeping an eye on guests and making sure they don’t share their appetizers with Fido. Also, don’t leave food unattended that could possibly be within their reach. I learned the hard way one Christmas when my dog stole a cheese ball from a platter on the coffee table. Fortunately, she was fine, but the cheese and my carpet didn’t fair so well. When it comes to gifts, don’t wrap any food items and place them under the tree. Another dog I had was very good at unwrapping presents and sniffing out items that were potentially edible.
Especially avoid the following foods and be sure to call your vet if your pet gets into anything they shouldn’t or overindulges on treats – good or bad.
Dangerous Foods for Dogs:
- Chocolate, Sweets, Candy, Gum and anything with Xylitol or Artificial Sweeteners
- Fruits: Grapes, Citrus, Raisins, Coconut
- Fruit Pits & Seeds: Especially Cherry, Apple, Watermelon, Peach and Apricot
- Beverages: Coffee, Caffeine, Alcohol
- Vegetables: Onions, Garlic, Chives, Avocado, Mushrooms
- Nuts: Especially Macadamia Nuts and Walnuts
- Raw or Undercooked Eggs/Meat, Bones, Fat Trimmings (Cooked or Raw)
- Yeast Dough, Flour in excess
- Salty Snacks
- Gravy, Sauces, Heavily Seasoned Meat
- Milk/Dairy Products (Yes, dogs love cheese, but share sparingly. Their body only produces minimal amounts of the enzyme that breaks down lactose.)
Pictured Products: Castor & Pollux Good Buddy Chew Bone, Three Dog Bakery Cookies, Freshpet Dog Joy Turkey Bacon