Popular Holiday Foods You Should NOT Give Your Pet

Written By: Caitlin Perna

The holiday spirit is going strong! We want to share all this extra yummy deliciousness with our fur babies too. We have to remember, not all foods we eat are ok for our pets though.

Here are popular holiday foods you shouldn’t be giving to Fido or Rusty:

1. Rich fatty foods may cause vomiting and diarrhea and even if it doesn’t, these foods can cause inflammation in their pancreas. Examples of these food include:

  • Turkey or chicken skin
  • Gravy 
  • Oils and grease
  • Meat scraps

2. Bones become brittle as they cook and can splinter which can get stuck in your pet’s digestive system or pierce the lining.

3. Onions, garlic, shallots, scallions, and similar, can damage red blood cells in cats and dogs.

4. Chocolate may be well known to be bad for our fur family, but it is still one of the most common ways dogs are poisoned.

5. Alcohol might not be something you give your pet on purpose, but drinks tend to be unattended during the holidays and your pet might try it! Keep an eye on drinks!

6. Raisins and grapes can cause vomiting and hyperactivity – these lead to kidney failure in dogs.

7. Nuts such as almonds, walnuts, macadamia nuts, hickory nuts, pistachios, and pecans are bad for your pet. Reactions can be minor like a stomach ache, but some are serious.

8. Dairy isn’t always easily broken down in cat’s and dog’s digestive system, so avoid these if you aren’t sure how your pet reacts to it.

9. Yeasty doughs can rise in your pet’s stomach if unbaked, so make sure they aren’t getting any raw dough by accident! This can cause excessive bloating and even rupturing. Alcohol will be absorbed because of the fermentation too.

Keep your pets safe during the holiday parties and feasts, so you can enjoy them without worry!