Safe Holiday Foods to Share with Pets
Holiday Celebrations Mean Lots of FoodAs the saying goes, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. That means a festive family atmosphere and yummy feasts. If your pets are anything like ours, they watch you eat with naked envy. But you know better than to make your pooch or cat a plate. Many human foods do not mix well with our furry friends. However, some things can be shared.
Human Foods That Pets Can Eat (In Moderation)
Who can resist puppy dog or kitten eyes? When your four-legged friend appears next to the dining table seeking a snack it can be difficult to turn them down. Thankfully, some foods do not cause pups or cats harm.
Pets must stay clear of some food (we’ll talk more about that later), but some provide pups with valuable nutrients. Dogs and cats can eat these tasty treats freely:
- Green beans
- Winter squash
- Plain yogurt
- Cooked eggs
- Low-fat cheese
- Xylitol-free peanut butter
Can Dogs Eat Turkey?Most Thanksgiving meals feature the bird on a platter in the center of the spread. Our pets’ noses perk up when the turkey emerges from the oven. Good news! Animals can partake in non-fatty pieces of meat. While dogs can stomach many types of foods, there are certain table scraps that your pet should stay away from.
Food Scraps That Are Dangerous For Pets
Unfortunately, not all human food is made for animal consumption. Some foods must be avoided at all costs. Keep these rules in mind the next time your pup begs for a snack. Dogs and cats need to stay away from chocolate or anything sweetened with xylitol.
According to experts, “Chocolate contains theobromine, which causes overstimulation of the heart in pets, among other issues,” Additionally, cooked bones may look innocent, but they can be extremely harmful to our beloved animals. Bones break easily and may get caught in your cat’s gums or your dog’s throat.
They also pose a choking hazard. Keep your pets away from mashed potatoes and gravy. The abundance of dairy can upset stomachs and lead to diarrhea. Does your cat or dog whine for fatty meat drippings?
It may seem tempting to give into their pleas, but your pal should not consume these foods because they too may cause gastrointestinal issues. Keep your cats and dogs away from the fatty meat. That means no turkey skin, either.
Healthy Pet, Happy Human
No one wants to rush their pet to the emergency clinic over a holiday celebration. Keep your pet well-fed and happy by giving them the table scraps that won’t lead to vomiting or worse. If your pet gets into food they should not consume, watch for abnormal activity like lethargy, lack of appetite, or unusual GI behavior.
In the case of an emergency, make sure to have your vet’s phone number on hand. Here’s to a delightful holiday season. By following these simple guidelines, you can have the best holiday season with your four-legged buddy and continue making wonderful memories for years to come!