Courtesy of Dr. Bando’s wife and the Clintonville Animal Hospital team, we would like to share some important information relating to holiday foods and your pet.
It’s that time of year – chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose, and your furry friends getting into EVERYTHING! Let’s talk about what makes the naughty list for their tummy, and what is on the nice list.
We’ve all been there…you’re prepping the holiday food and your dog jumps on the counter. The cat is stuck in the Christmas tree and ornaments are scattered about. You’re left thinking, what should I do now? Here are a few tips on how to have a smooth holiday with your furry friends.
Chocolate. This is a big one during the holidays. Chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine, which are both toxic. Dark chocolate, baking chocolate, and cocoa beans are more toxic than white chocolate and milk chocolate. But all chocolate is a bad idea for your pet.
Xylitol. This is an artificial sweetener used in place of sugar. If you are using this in any of your baked goods this season, make sure that your pet does not get into it. Even just a small amount can be toxic. It can cause a drop in blood glucose levels, which may cause seizures or even liver damage.
Onions/garlic. Cooked, raw, or powdered, all are bad for your pet. These are all toxic and can cause nausea or even anemia.
Raisins/grapes. These are also toxic to your pet and can cause vomiting or even kidney failure.
Turkey/ham bones, skin, and scraps. Even the gravy made from the turkey is bad. The bones can be very harmful if ingested, possibly causing an obstruction. The skin and gravy are very high in fat and can cause pancreatitis. Be careful with seasoning on your turkey/ham as well, because as mentioned, garlic and onion powdered seasoning can be toxic.
Uncooked bread dough. If the dough contains yeast, the pet’s stomach can act like an oven causing the yeast to rise and release carbon dioxide, which may lead to gastric dilatation volvulus. Excessive gas in the stomach causes it to become overstretched and rotate, causing a torsion.
Plants. European Mistletoe is toxic to both our feline and canine friends. American mistletoe, on the other hand, is not as toxic. If ingested, mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal irritation such as vomiting and diarrhea. Lillies are very dangerous for cats and can cause kidney failure. Poinsettias, contrary to popular belief, are not as dangerous as people think. They are still toxic though, and may cause mild mouth and stomach irritation such as drooling, vomiting, or diarrhea.
Garbage. Keep your eye on the trash can, many of the above dangers may be in the bin.
Meat. While a large amount is not good for them, a small amount can be. As long as it is unseasoned, not fatty meat, a small amount can be a nice little treat for your pet.
Veggies. Broccoli, cauliflower, celery, green beans, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin are all safe for your dog to eat in moderation. Make sure there is no gravy, butter, or artificial sweeteners used as previously mentioned.
Cranberries. Plain cranberries, not jelly, are safe for your furry friend.
Baked bread. As long as the bread is fully baked, and does not contain alcohol, or artificial sweeteners, a small amount is perfectly safe.
Just as in cooking, a little preparation goes a long way. The team at Berwick Animal Clinic wishes you and your pets a happy and safe holiday season.
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