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How To Keep Your Dogs Safe This Holiday Season


The holidays are here!


For many people, the holidays mean numerous family and friend gatherings. However, this time of year is also the most common for emergency room trips with your pets.


Your pets are more prone to diseases like pancreatitis, GI upset, and intestinal foreign body obstructions because many pets receive leftover table scraps, eat higher fatty foods, and get a hold of bones that lead to obstructions.

But there are also many ways that you can help your dog be a part of the celebration by offering unprocessed, healthy foods as a treat or snack during these times. Make sure you learn which foods are safe and which you need to avoid to keep your pet from getting sick and getting an unwanted, expensive bill to put a damper on the holiday spirit.

Which foods are healthy to give to your dog in moderation?


These foods are safe and healthy to include in your dog's regular meals in moderation or as a snack:

  • Turkey (without gravy or bones)

  • Unsalted green beans

  • Plain cooked sweet potato, butternut squash, and/or potatoes

  • Lightly cooked unsalted broccoli

Unhealthy and even potentially toxic foods that you want to avoid your dog getting into include:

  • Cooked bones

  • Turkey skin and fat

  • Creamed veggies

  • Xylitol in sweets and desserts

  • Nuts, especially macadamia nuts

  • Coffee

  • Chocolate

  • Grapes, raisins, and currants

  • Onions and garlic

By avoiding these toxic foods and feeding our dogs light to moderate amounts of healthy foods, your dogs can participate in the holiday cheer and stay healthy. Make sure to feed your dogs prior to guests coming over, and this will help decrease begging behavior and less chance of a sneaky pup taking left-overs off of the table.


Share below what your favorite treat is for your pets, and make sure you follow us on social media to learn more about safe and healthy treats you can give to your dogs during this holiday season.


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*Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian or doctor. Dr. Katie Woodley cannot answer specific questions about your pet's medical issues or make medical recommendations for your pet without first establishing a veterinarian-client-patient relationship.

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