Make Sure Your Pets Don’t Get to These Holiday Foods

Pets enjoying their Christmas treats.

When you’ve got a table overflowing with a festive feast, and a cute pooch watching your every move with mournful eyes, it can be very tempting to sneak your best pal a few bites of your holiday meal. While some foods are absolutely fine for your pets to snack on, there are others that can be quite dangerous, some of them even fatal. Keep your pets safe this festive season by reading OROGOLD’s tips on the foods that you should make sure are kept completely out of your pet’s reach.

Chocolate and Candy
This is one that most pet owners are already likely to know about, as chocolate is one of the most toxic poisons for a dog, and even more fatal for a cat. The reason for this is because chocolate contains theobromine, and the darker the chocolate is, the more fatal it will be for your pet. When it comes to candy, most of this contains Xylitol, a sweetener that is extremely toxic to dogs and can result in liver failure, so be sure to keep this well away from your pets.

Turkey Bones
When you’ve got a platter full of turkey bones, it is definitely tempting to give your dog a couple, but cooked bones are extremely dangerous to feed to dogs. Cooking softens the bones, and once your dog starts chewing on them, they easily splinter into smaller fragments, causing a variety of different problems, including intestinal blockages and perforations. If you do want to feed your dog bones over the holidays, OROGOLD would recommend visiting your local butcher and asking for some raw bones, as these are actually highly beneficial for dogs.

Meaty Leftovers
While some leftovers will be highly appreciated by your dog, there are others that you should avoid feeding. Fatty leftovers can cause internal injuries, so if you do fix your pet a small plate with turkey and gravy, make sure to keep the amount to a minimum. Too much meat and gravy, in particular, can cause problems such as canine pancreatitis, but if you keep the portions small, you won’t have a problem.

Certain Fruits and Veg
There are some vegetables that are toxic to pets, and these include onions, shallots, garlic and leeks, as well as certain fruits such as grapes and raisins. Nuts should also be avoided at all costs, with macadamia nuts in particular, a popular ingredient in holiday cookies and treats, causing kidney damage.

Now that you know which foods to keep your pets away from this holiday season, you are much better equipped to keep them safe. OROGOLD also strongly advises that you let your friends and family know this information as well, so that they will also refrain from sneaking your furry friend any dangerous table scraps. OROGOLD also advises that you keep any food packaging and wrappers out of your pet’s reach, and ensure that your bins cannot be opened by them, as the smells from your festive leftovers may be too much temptation for them to avoid!

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OROGOLD’s Favorite Sweet Treats of 2014

A variety of sweet treats Sweets are a fantastic part of life. Having one to look forward to at the end of a long work week is something many people enjoy. For those with a sweet tooth, it can be difficult to actually eat a small portion or know when to walk away. OROGOLD understands fully, and that’s why ORO GOLD has compiled a list of some of the favorite sweets of 2014 to ring in the New Year with.

Chocolates and Candy

Chocolate is a go-to for many people around the world. It seems as though women tend to opt chocolate more than men, due to its comforting properties. It’s been known as an aphrodisiac and has been around for centuries. Chocolate in its natural form comes from cocoa beans, which are then harvested and processed into cocoa powder. Cocoa powder can be used on its own to make things like hot chocolate, or it can be crafted into fine chocolate confections. Whether it’s a candy bar, cup of hot chocolate, or as a flavor in food products such as Mole, a Mexican sauce served with chicken and other food products, one thing’s for sure – chocolate is a favorite among women, men and children alike.

Other candy products such as mints and taffy were among some of the favorites of 2014.

Cookies

Cookies are one of the favorites each and every year, but it seemed in 2014 that there were ample varieties of favorite brands being unveiled on store shelves everywhere. Some were hits and are here to stay, while others didn’t fare as well. Many bakeries saw an uptick in cookie sales as well, as did schools with fundraising efforts.

Row of brightly colored cupcakes decorated with candlesCakes and Cupcakes

Cakes and cupcakes were yet again a favorite in 2014. With television shows such as, ‘Cake Boss’ and other bakery themed varieties, there was an influx of inspiration over the past few years for many artistic baking types to form their own bakeries and home cake businesses, driving sales way through the roof. Many cake and cupcake crafters are able to sculpt the cake into beautiful artwork, using air guns to spray delicate and beautiful designs on each individual cake, leaving behind a true work of art. Many moms opted for personalized custom cakes for children’s birthdays and brides-to-be seemed to steer that route for their wedding cakes. All in all, cakes will forever be a favorite sweet treat, no matter the year.

With so many amazing treats to choose from, narrowing down this list to a mere few was in fact a task of its own. There are always new innovations to watch out for when it comes to baking ideas and candy making, so we’re sure next year’s list will be filled with new innovations and variety.

OROGOLD is always on the lookout for new and trendy topics to keep you informed on the latest and greatest, no matter what the topic.

We wish you a sweet new year, and plenty of fun in 2015! Get in the kitchen and have some fun, and craft your own sweet treats! You never know where it might take you.