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Holiday Treats That are Safe for Pets–and Some That Aren’t

Before the holiday season kicks off, you should learn more about which human foods are and are not safe for your pets. Many people want to give their pets a little holiday treat when they sit down to eat their own holiday meals, but a lot of human food is too rich for your pets and can make them sick. Some human food is even toxic to pets. Read on to learn more. 

Safe Holiday Treats 

These holiday treats are safe for your pets in moderation, but should only be given under supervision. If you notice any signs of tummy upset or more serious health issues, call your veterinarian as soon as possible:

● Pure canned or fresh pumpkin with no added ingredients

● Cooked, plain sweet potatoes

● Cooked eggs (if your pet doesn’t have an allergy)

● All-natural peanut butter with no added sugar or artificial sweeteners

● Certain vegetables, like peas, carrots, celery, cucumber, brussels sprouts, and broccoli

● Certain fruits, like strawberries, apples, bananas, peaches, pineapple, and oranges

● Fully cooked lean meats with fat and bones removed

Dangerous and/or Toxic Foods

These holiday foods and ingredients are dangerous and/or toxic to pets. If your pet accidentally ingests these or shows signs of food poisoning or illness, you should contact your veterinarian immediately:

● Onions & garlic

● Nuts, avocados, olives, grapes, & raisins

● Fats & oils

● Chocolate

● Artificial sweeteners like Xylitol

● Raw meat

● Meat bones

● Alcohol

Warning Signs of Illness

These are the most common signs of food poisoning or toxicity in pets. If you notice any of these warning signs, call your veterinarian right away:

● Excessive thirst or drooling

● Disinterest in food or water

● Vomiting

● Diarrhea 

● Bloody stool

● Difficulty breathing

● Loss of balance or coordination

Contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet is showing any warning signs of food poisoning or illness.

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