How to Have a Happy and Furry Holiday with Your Pets: Keep Them Away from These Treats
Never Feed Them Any of These Festive Treats
1. Chocolate and Sweets – Chocolate is toxic for animals, and while processed sugars and sweeteners aren’t wonderful for human health, they’re really not good for cats and dogs — even just every once in a while. Plus, many sweet treats contain the artificial sweetener, xylitol, which is highly toxic for animals. Keep their paws off the sweet stuff.
2. Turkey – This one surprises lots of people because they assume a turkey prepared for humans would be okay for their meat-eating furry friends. Unfortunately, even small amounts of too-rich turkey can cause pancreatitis and upset stomach.
3. Table Scraps – Many foods and ingredients that humans eat are toxic for pets including garlic, raisins, and onions.
4. Yeast Dough – Yeast dough can give your pet a serious stomach ache and cause potentially dangerous bloating.
5. Alcohol – You probably wouldn’t intentionally serve your pet alcohol, but curious noses can find their way inside unwatched cups.
Troublesome Non-Food Items
- Lots of pet emergencies during the holidays are due to electrical shocks, which occur when pets chew on twinkling lights and other electrical cords.
- It’s also good to keep your home free from tinsel and ribbons, as they can dangerously become stuck and twisted inside your pet’s intestines.
- Fake snow and flocking spray is toxic for animals. It’s best to go with a natural look on your tree.
- Be careful of holiday plants like poinsettias, lilies, mistletoe, and chrysanthemums, as these are toxic, too.