Holiday Treats Pets Need to Avoid

12/26/2017

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With the holiday season comes a lot of cooking and baking. Yum! While you may love your grandmother's cookies, it is not always a good idea to share some with your pet – no matter how much they insist.

Pets can't digest certain food the way humans can, so be sure to keep an eye on the human food your pets are eating this holiday season, as some can be potentially dangerous or deadly if too much is consumed.

Chocolate

Though darker chocolate is the most dangerous, all types of chocolate can be particularly harmful to pets due to ingredients such as caffeine and theobromine. Even modest amounts of chocolate may cause stomach issues, but an overabundance of chocolate can be poisonous to pets and ultimately result in neurological or cardiac complications.

Seasoned Meat

While your dog may be begging at your feet for some turkey or ham, you should hold off on giving in. Plain turkey in moderation is OK, but it's best to refrain from giving your pet any form of seasoned meat due to various spices in the seasoning. When it comes to ham or any other form of pork products, it's best to avoid them all together as they can cause stomach issues.

Nuts

Overall, pets should keep clear of ingesting nuts, but it is especially important to avoid walnuts and macadamia nuts. These two nuts, though popular during the winter season, can be very harmful for your pet. If eaten, they can easily lead to an upset stomach, but can also cause seizures and other neurological concerns.

We know – it's difficult to resist those puppy eyes, but restricting your furry friends access to these snacks will keep them healthy and safe. A better solution? Grab some holiday pet treats from your favorite pet shop as a stocking stuffer.