Holiday Treats Do’s and Dont’s

Around the holidays we like to treat ourselves, and our pets, to a special snack. With pets, not all foods are healthy.

Some foods to avoid feeding them are:

  • Fatty foods and meats (turkey and turkey products, nuts, etc.)
  • Bones (can splinter and cause problems in their mouth, gut and gastro-intestinal tract)
  • Chocolate
  • Ice cream or other dairy products
  • Any uncooked or raw materials (fish, eggs, etc.)
  • Alcohol
  • Citrus products
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Garlic, onion and spices

IF you want to treat your pet to an extra special treat, try something like:

  • Carrots
  • Green beans

They can be raw, cooked (WITHOUT salt and pepper) or frozen.

If you’re unsure about a certain food, it’s best not to feed it to them. The less additives and sugars it has, and the more bland the meal, the better. Giving your pet a couple of extra dog or cat treats or love and attention is always the preferable option. Be sure to feed them treats in moderation.

I have included some helpful links below to help answer any further questions, and to provide helpful information about pet’s around the holidays and the risks involved with foods associated to them.

-Dr. Chase Ratliff