With the holiday season upon us, it is important to review the foods that are oh so delicious but when shared with our furry friends can be harmful. These foods are ones we need to be conscious of year round, but with it being the giving season and tasty foods being in high supply, these are things to be reminded of. Take extra precautions this holiday season to steer clear of foods known to be dangerous to our pets!
Rich, Fatty Foods: A high fat-content meal such as turkey/chicken skin or gravy can mean disaster to your pet’s health in the form of pancreatitis. Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas, which is a vital part of their digestive system. This can immediately trigger symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, and fever.
Bones: Although it may seem natural to give fluffy a bone, as they cook they weaken and increase the risk of breaking or splintering. Sharp fragments can then puncture or become lodged in your pet’s throat or digestive tract, causing serious injury.
Onions, Garlic, Chives: All members of the onion family are closely related and contain components that can damage red blood cells when ingested. Ingesting only a small amount can cause gastrointestinal irritation.
Caffeine and Chocolate: It is a well-known fact that this is one of the most common causes of toxicity in dogs. If your dog has ingested chocolate, they can vomit or have diarrhea, but may have more serious complications such as arrhythmias or seizures. The sooner you let us know the better the outcome!
Grapes and Raisins: Although this is not as widely known, grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs. Initial signs of poisoning include vomiting and hyperactivity. Make sure to keep all desserts, fruitcakes, and fruit baskets out of reach of your pets at all times!
Alcoholic Beverages: Just like alcohol can damage your liver and your brian, the same can be expected in animals. The smaller your pet, the more dangerous it can be. Even a small amount of alcohol can cause vomiting in our fluffy friends.
Yeasty Doughs: Your pet’s stomach is the perfect environment for bread to rise. If your dog accidently eats unbaked dinner rolls or something of the sort, they will expand in their stomach and cause excessive bloating; large amounts may even cause rupturing. Unbaked dough is fermented, which results in alcohol being absorbed, which we already know is not good for them!
Milk Products: Although movies have told us otherwise, cats drinking milk is not as cute as you think! Cats and dogs are not built to break down lactose like humans. Instead, ingestion can lead to acute intestinal distress. This includes all dairy products, not just milk!
Nuts: Nuts such as almonds, walnuts, pecans, pistachios, and hickory nuts are known for being high in fat, which can lead to vomiting and diarrhea, sometimes resulting in pancreatitis. Other nuts, specifically macadamia nuts, can induce weakness and depression in dogs and can also lead to vomiting, tremors, joint stiffness, and hyperthermia. To be safe, stick to peanut butter for a treat!
Just remember, if your animal is begging for food a lot of times they are not hungry, just hungry for your attention! Be sure to spend quality time with your fur baby this holiday season as well! Everybody enjoys the food that comes along with the holidays and your pet can too, just be sure it is something that won’t land you and your pet in our veterinary office!