A Guide to Holiday Foods for Dogs

Advice for Pet OwnersDuring the holidays, you’ll likely eat all kinds of delicious foods. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, people typically host a variety of different parties where food is a focus. While you’re chowing down on meats, mashed potatoes, veggies, pies, and more, you might be tempted to give some to your dog.

While some standard holiday foods are safe to share with dogs other common foods are toxic and you must be mindful about what dogs can and cannot eat.

Use these tips to help keep your dog safe this holiday season.

Turkey, ham, and roast beef are OK, as long as you give them to your dog in moderation.

You can give your dog turkey, ham, or roast beef if you want, but you should make sure that you don’t give the dog too much. It could lead to stomach pains later, in addition to things like vomiting and diarrhea. You should also make sure that your dog doesn’t get a hold of any bones in these meats. Bones, especially bones that have been cooked, have a tendency to splinter and could hurt your dog’s insides. Finally, steer clear of giving a dog meat with too much fat on it which can lead to pancreatitis later. Meat is good for dogs but never too much of it.

Onions and other common toppings could be toxic to your dog.

One common holiday food that is served often at dinner parties is green bean casserole. It’s naturally sweet, and between the beans and the sauce on top of it, dogs would likely lose their mind over this holiday staple. But green bean casseroles often have onions on top, and onions are known to be toxic to dogs. So before you assume that something like a green bean casserole is good for your dog, consider what it has on top of it and within it. Dogs can get sick from nuts, grapes, raisin, garlic, chives, and much more.

When in doubt, purchase them a personal holiday treat.

You want your dog to be happy which is why you’ll likely be tempted to share tasty foods with them during the holiday season. But the truth is that most dogs are just as happy to get love and attention from you and they will appreciate personal time the most. If you’re really tempted to treat them, visit a pet store and purchase a treat or a toy that is safe for them. Hoping to save money? Consider making your own dog treats.

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