From all of us at Wags and Walks, we wish you a Merry Christmas! While we are all about having fun during the howlidays, we also know the importance of pet safety. In honor of today, our friends at The Goody Pet are sharing some important food safety tips to keep in mind this holiday season.
It is very important to understand that food around festivities could be troublesome for your pet dog to deal with. The festive season brings along a whole lot of joy, prosperity and food that us humans absolutely cherish and relish.
However, for our furry friends, this spell could pose a lot of risks since these festive foods do not typically agree with a pet’s health needs. Your dog might give you puppy eyes and even plead you for that extra slice of cake or roast turkey skin, but it's important to know what your dog can (and can't) handle.
The following six food safety tips should help ease your apprehension around having your pup around Christmas dinner.
1. Offer Turkey Carefully
While your pet ought to avoid carbs as much as possible, they can very well load up on the protein. Lean meat, like fully cooked turkey, can be offered to your pet only after removing all the bones and splinters. The bones can potentially lead to serious issues like choking or gastrointestinal problems. It's best to avoid turkey altogether if it has gravy on it.
2. Not All Fruits and Veggies Are Safe
While fruits and vegetables are loaded with essential vitamins, minerals and fiber, not all of them are safe for your pet’s consumption. Some of them that can be safely offered from your festive platter are apples, cucumbers, blueberries and carrots. The one fruit that should be avoided at all cost is grapes, as grapes are toxic to pets.
3. Skip The Dessert
Despite feeling guilty for not offering the rich and decadent plum cake or the gooey chocolate cupcakes to your partner-in-crime, you must remember that any kind of dessert is only going to harm him/her. Chocolate consists of an ingredient called theobromine that is potentially toxic to cats and dogs. Most gummies and candies should also be avoided because they contain a sugar substitute called xylitol that is highly toxic to pets.
4. Avoid Garlic
Most festive food items tend to contain garlic, leeks, chives, etc. Avoid anything that contains these ingredients because they can be poisonous for your dog. The symptoms of toxicity vary from diarrhea and vomiting to gastroenteritis.
5. Avoid Fried Food As Much As Possible
While it is practically impossible to keep your dog away from all the goodies during Christmas, you can at least have an upper limit to restrict the intake of improper food. Fried food is an absolute no-no for dogs and cats. It affects their coat and digestive system and might lead to more shedding.
6. Keep Them Hydrated
Keeping your pets well-hydrated during the festive season helps them digest food well and keeps them geared up for the rest of the festivities. It also means less gassy pets and less cranky behavior, even if the sugar slump hits them after sweet or carb-loaded food is fed.
This post was contributed by Pete Decker, the Lead Editor at The Goody Pet. Pete loves to share his passion for pets through snippets of interesting and helpful information. You can find more of Pete at his website, Twitter or Facebook.