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!

Holiday Foods That Are Actually Good For You

Woman having a salad

With the festive season upon us, we are all likely to end up indulging in our favorite holiday foods, maybe making a small effort to stay away from the unhealthiest dishes of them all. However, some of your favorite foods are absolutely packed with nutrition and health benefits, making them worth the extra helping! Let’s take a look at some of the traditional holiday foods that are actually good for you.

Turkey for a holiday dinner

Turkey
Turkey is a fantastic source of protein, with one serving providing half of the recommended daily amount of folic acid, as well as plenty of vitamin B, potassium and zinc. Eating a high-quality protein such as turkey also triggers satiety, meaning that you will feel fuller, faster, making you less likely to indulge in the unhealthier options. Unless your turkey is deep fried or smothered in gravy, this meat is actually quite good for you, although we would recommend trimming off some of the skin before eating, as this is where most of the fat and calories are contained.

Sweet potates.

Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes, unless they’re covered in butter or marshmallows, are one of the healthiest vegetables out there. We suggest roasting them, as this gives them an intense flavor without the need for unhealthy fats. Sweet potatoes are packed with fiber, potassium, vitamin A and phytochemicals, all of which help to keep aging, arthritis and cancer at bay. They are also an excellent source of beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant, so be sure to have a sweet potato dish on your table this year!

Cranberry sauce and chicken breast.

Cranberries
In addition to being low in calories and rich in fiber and potassium, cranberries also contain powerful disease-fighting antioxidants. They also contain unique compounds that have antibacterial properties, enabling them to prevent urinary tract infections. However, since cranberries are naturally low in sugar and have quite a tart taste, most recipes that utilize them require quite a large quantity of sugar to be included. We suggest replacing the sugar with a healthier alternative, such as honey or even other fruits.

Woman drinking hot cocoa

Cocoa
There is nothing quite like a mug of hot cocoa on a cold winter night, and this experience is now going to be even more enjoyable with the knowledge that cocoa is actually good for you. Experts advise that a small piece of chocolate each day, usually about 30 calories worth, significantly lowers blood pressure and cholesterol. We recommend using dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa solids, as these contain much higher levels of the antioxidants that bring about these brilliant health benefits.

Now that you are aware of the holiday foods that are actually good for you, you won’t need to feel bad about that extra slice of turkey or that extra helping of sweet potatoes. Don’t forget that there are many other popular holiday foods that also have some great health benefits, from cinnamon to pecans to green beans, and with a little bit of planning, it won’t be too difficult to make your holiday feast the healthiest, but tastiest, one you’ve had yet!