10 Ingredients to Avoid to Keep Your Best Friend Safe and Healthy During the Holidays
The holidays are a time of joyous celebration and gratitude, and it’s only natural to want to share that with your pet. As much as we may want to share our turkey, it’s important to maintain the diets they keep- there are many holiday foods that we don’t even realize are toxic to our furry friends. To keep things running smoothly we’ve put together a small guide on 10 ingredients to stay away from to keep your best companion safe this holiday season.
- Stuffing: Stuffing can be toxic to pets with ingredients like onions, garlic, and various herbs such as sage and leeks. It’s best to leave this one far away and out of reach.
- Gravy: Gravies are a huge no-no! They are incredibly dense and often too rich for dogs and cats to digest well. Plus they tend to include onions, which along with garlic, are one of the most toxic ingredients out there.
- Potatoes: Potatoes can be a great filling food for your friend, but it’s important to be aware of what else has been added to the dish. A little plain potato or sweet potato is alright but stay away from candied yams and anything with a lot of sugar or butter in it.
- Macaroni & Cheese: Though some animals can digest dairy with no issue, it’s best to keep the mac and cheese to the humans, though some might not see plain macaroni noodles as a problem.
Chocolate: Most pet owners know this one well, but Chocolate is an extremely toxic food for any pet, so keep it away, and be especially cautious of any baking cocoa you may use in savory recipes as well.
- Turkey: Dogs and cats alike tend to be huge fans of turkey (I’ve had many a slice stolen from me) but make sure there’s no skin or extra grease on the plate, and especially no bones! Which will be the next topic...
- Bones: Never feed your pet any bones! Bones can be extremely small and sharp, causing them to choke or have fatal consequences, so make sure they’re nowhere to be found.
- Bread Dough: Though batters might be fun and tasty to us, dough can expand in the stomach and cause a bloated and twisted stomach, so keep this dangerous food away.
- Alcohol: No matter how small you think the portion may be- animals are not humans! Alcohol can cause comas or even death, so make sure you’re aware of all unattended drinks and don’t allow any sipping.
- Lilies, mistletoe, and poinsettia: Yep, your favorite Christmas-time plants are a no-no. Many people don’t realize their toxicity and danger to pets, so keep them far up and out of reach or stick to the plastic versions!
Though there are many dangerous holiday foods out there, there are things your best friend would love to eat! Here are 5 recipes for them to enjoy along with everyone else:
Turkey N Rye Bones: A meaty and nutritious snack for your pup, with great ingredients such as parsley and flaxseed, will give your best friend something to celebrate!
Salmon and Oat Treats: A particular favorite amongst cats, these salmon treats are made with just a few whole ingredients (and one big favorite!)
Golden Butternut Squash Stew: Set an extra place at the table for this one! This recipe will definitely give your best friend something to celebrate with a full meal!
Roasted Turkey Medallions: Sure to be a hit with all four-legged attendees (and possibly two-legged), these medallions are done in 15 minutes and are almost too simple to make.
Leftover Hash: Turkey sandwiches are only appealing for so long. Take full advantage of your leftovers by mixing them together as a fun hash for your furry companions!
Use these tips to create a fun and healthy holiday celebration for everyone in the family! Pets who are not used to human food may find it difficult to consume human food, so keep things simple and make sure there are no toxic ingredients. Remember to always consult your vet for questions regarding your pets and their diets.
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