The holidays don’t need to be all “bah, humbug” and no fun for pets. While it’s true that many holiday treats are harmful, if not toxic, to pets, there are still foods that you can safely share with your four-legged best friend.
Just like with humans, though, it’s best to practice moderation as overfeeding your pet can cause gastrointestinal problems such as vomiting and diarrhea. Nobody (neither you nor your pet) wants to deal with that during a festive occasion!
Here are some foods that you can safely share with your pet during the holidays:
• Green beans
• Apples (slices only)
• Winter squash
• Corn (off the cob)
Pets can also have these high-protein foods, but only in small amounts:
• Plain yogurt
• Cooked egg
• Peanut butter (containing no artificial sweetener)
• Low-fat cheese
Notice a pattern here? All of these foods are also recommended healthy fare for humans!
Now, here are some foods that humans can enjoy in moderation but are not suitable for pets:
• Chocolate, coffee, and caffeine
• Coconut and coconut oil
• Grapes and raisins
• Macadamia nuts
• Milk and dairy
• Onions, garlic, and chives
• Raw/undercooked meat, eggs, and bones
• Salt and salty snack foods
• Artificial sweetener (Xylitol)
• Yeast dough
There are many pet treats and goodies that you can find at supermarkets, big box stores, pet stores, and online. There are even artisan bakeries that prepare pet treats that are full of healthy ingredients.
When you are shopping for pet treats this holiday season, check the label for ingredients, and if something is unfamiliar, err on the side of caution and leave it on the shelf. Also, look at the composition and overall safety of the treat. For example, rawhide chews should be avoided at all costs because your dog can chew off large pieces, which is a serious choking hazard.
With some careful planning, your family and your pet can have a peaceful coexistence at the dinner table. We wish you a furry, healthy, and safe holiday season full of fun and treats!