How to Have a Happy (and Safe) Howl-idays With Your Furry Companion

How to Have a Happy (and Safe) Howl-idays With Your Furry Companion

Sometimes it can be tempting not to spoil sweet Fido, especially during the Season of Giving. Feeding your dog the occasional table scrap can be okay as long as you are proactive. As a responsible pet owner, you are expected to know what potentially harmful foods should be avoided. Additionally, should you choose to share your “human” food with your pup, it is important to remember that they should still be getting the majority of their nutrients from a high-quality dog food. 

Of course, you may not be the only source of these potential hazards during holiday get-togethers and festivities. Your guests might be especially tempted to slip them a scrap from their plates- After all, who can resist that sweet face? Your dog might also be tempted to gobble down an accidentally dropped bite from the floor. And don’t forget to watch out for the ever-mischievous counter-surfers…

This holiday season, make sure you’re making a mental list (and checking it twice) …. A trip to the emergency vet just wouldn’t be nice (or cheap).

Paws off these holiday foods:

  • Turkey skin, bones, drippings, & gravy
  • Fat trimmings
  • Uncooked scraps
  • Stuffing
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Bread dough
  • Mushrooms 
  • Corn on the cob
  • Candied yams
  • Butter
  • Alcohol
  • Chocolate
  • Nuts
  • Dairy products
  • Any foods including nutmeg, sage, chives, xylitol, or caffeine,
  • Foods with a high sodium or sugar content
  • Garbage

If your dog is seen eating anything toxic or begins to exhibit unusual behavior, be sure to call your vet or emergency vet right away, as early intervention reduces the chance of more serious complications occurring.

Remember- moderation is key. While spending the day in a food coma may be one of your favorite holiday pastimes, it can be both harmful and extremely uncomfortable for your furry friend to do the same.

Now, it’s time to wrap this blog post up… Happy holidays to you and yours from us here at Red Fern Companions.Happ