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.
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.
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!