Do you have a pet that loves to sneak food off of the counter or table during the holidays? Thanksgiving is right around the corner. It’s time to refresh your memory on the dangers of certain foods to pets. Don’t let your pet get a hold of food that could land you in the pet ER instead of enjoying the holiday festivities.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This list was compiled from several reputable online resources. Always remember to ask your dog’s veterinarian before giving your canine anything that isn’t meant for your pet. Consider taking this list and asking your vet which foods he or she recommends. Not all dogs are created equally. One thing might be acceptable for one dog, while another pet might not agree.
With the heavy food holidays right around the corner, we want to cover an important topic that comes up year after year: feeding our dogs table scraps.
The topic of feeding your dog table food is a highly debated topic. Many people and veterinarians believe you should not give your dog table food. There are many reasons for this. One being that human calories do not exactly equate to canine calories. Giving dogs certain human food can cause pet obesity, begging or other unwanted outcomes. Another common reason to abstain from giving pets human food is because some are poisonous or extremely unhealthy for your pet. Keep in mind that we are not talking about home cooked meals made especially for pets. That a different topic entirely.
The truth is, many people still offer table food to dogs and they continue to live a long, healthy life. If you do online research, you will find thousands of articles about human foods to be considered acceptable for canine consumption and some that are not. Here is a quick list of people foods that are deemed acceptable for pet digestion.
Apples (no seeds)
Apricots (no pits)
Baby food (all-natural)
Berries (fresh and frozen)
Bread (without raisins or nuts)
Chicken (cooked, no bones or skin)
Flax seed (ground or oil)
Nectarines (no pits)
Orange slices (no rinds)
Organ meats (giblets, liver, tongue, heart, gizzards
Pasta noodles (cooked)
Pineapple (fresh or frozen)
Potatoes (mashed, no butter, skin or green parts)
Tomatoes (no greens or stems)
Tuna (and the juice from canned tuna)
Here is a list from the ASPCA containing indicated foods you should not feed your pet. If you suspect your pet has eaten any of the foods they have listed in the post, note the amount ingested and contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.
If you read our Halloween post, you know that the holidays can be very stressful for some pets. The hustle and bustle, new noises and even the Christmas tree can cause angst among many furry friends. The good new is this: We have products exclusively available at PetSmart that will offer your pet calming support for uncomfortable situations.
Let’s start by identifying a few situations to watch out for this holiday season.
- Some pets are excellent with people and others are not. Do you have a nervous cat or dog? If you are reading this post and have a nervous pet, you know exactly what we are talking about. As much as we love little children, sometimes pets get incredibly tense around kids because children tend to be a little rougher with them.
- New smells. What do the holidays bring? Yummy food and curious smells. Pet owners beware! See our most recent post about feeding your pet table food. Yummy smelling food may not cause your pets stress, but ingesting something they shouldn’t sure can.
- Oh Christmas tress, Oh Christmas tree! Watch your pet around the Christmas tree, if you plan to put one up. You probably already know some of the hazards including needles, tree water, ornaments and more. Read up on holiday safety tips to avoid problems.
- Ding-Dong. Does your doorbell ring more often during the holidays? Are you lucky enough to have carolers visiting your neighborhood? Does UPS frequent your doorstep? All of these doorbell-ringing opportunities may leave your pet feeling anxious. Is your dog a nervous barker? Try a calming support product from 21st Century Pet.
- The holidays can be very busy for some people. There are presents to buy, shopping to do and parties to attend. Do you have a pet with separation anxiety? If so, we feel your pain. You don’t want to leave your sweetheart home (sometimes cooped up in a kennel) alone and missing you! Be proactive. Plan ahead for these times and try not to leave your nervous pet feeling too lonely during the holidays.
- Change in Routine. Some pets get worried when there is a sudden change in the routine. Are you too busy to take frequent daily walks with your dog? Is the weather outside causing your pet to fret? The colder weather and holiday hustle and bustle can leave your pet feeling confused. Why am I not getting as much attention?
Keep these holiday stressors in mind this season. Don’t leave your pet feeling stressed. Here are a few options for your anxious pet from 21st Century:
- Pet-EZE™ Soft Chews for Pets or Pet-EZE™ Toy Breed SOFT Chews for Pets – This calming support formula can assist anxious dogs in uncomfortable situations. The natural chamomile ingredient provides soothing support designed for dogs—making holidays easier to deal with. Pet-EZE™ Soft Chews for Pets is exclusively available at PetSmart stores.
- Pet-EZE™ Paw Paste for Cats – Offer your cat calming support in a paste. It’s a great tasting way to calm your feline friend when holiday visitors come knocking on your door. This product is offered exclusively at PetSmart stores.
Does your pet have any other nervous triggers during the busier months of the year? Share them with us by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember to include a picture of your pet and we’ll post it to our Facebook and/or Twitter page!
Can you believe it’s already November? It’s almost Thanksgiving! Where has the year gone? We can’t help you with that one, but we can offer you advice about what food you can and cannot give your pets this holiday season. We know…it’s sometimes tempting to share your table food with your loving, begging pet. It’s not always the best idea though – especially if you don’t know what ingredients were added to the dish.
Below is a list of the No-No’s to remember when you offer your food:
- Does the food contain onions? Watch out! These delicious veggies can be harmful if ingested by your pet. If you think there’s onion in the food item, don’t give it to your pet! Onions, garlic and chives can possibly damage red blood cells causing anemia.
- You know that chocolate is bad for Fluffy, yes, but does your niece know this? Be sure to remind holiday visitors about pet food hazards. A lot of people think that they are doing you or your pet a favor by offering something “tasty” to your pet. Remind them that it’s not a good idea to offer un-approved food items. Tell them to pet Fluffy lovingly instead!
- Grapes and raisins are not to be offered to your pet! This is a big no-no. This rule is not to be taken lightly. If you are serving grapes or raisins this year, avoid any spills onto the floor. You never know what those sneaky pups will scoop up.
- But dogs love bones, right? Well…they love them until the small slivers of bone remain in the stomach lining or throat and cause multiple problems. Fat trimmings and bones should not be given to the dog. Be sure and inform all of your holiday visitors. Giving bones to the dog has long been a favorite among many people, but over the years we’ve found it to be more trouble than it’s worth.
- Milk is another one that people don’t realize is harmful. Some pets can tolerate lactose and others cannot. Don’t risk it. Milk can cause gas, diarrhea and/or vomiting.
- Do people really give their pets alcohol? The answer is yes. But our recommendation is no. Alcohol, ingested accidentally or intentionally, can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, coma and possible death for your beloved pet. Avoid alcohol consumption all together!
What can you give your pet? Turkey is okay for your pet as long as it doesn’t have onions, onion flakes, skin, fat or bone. You can also give your pet fruits like apples, carrots and blueberries. Remember that there are a lot of nutritious treats on the market that are perfectly fine to give your pet. Perhaps sticking with those treats designed for your pet is the best choice.
Have fun this holiday season! Be safe and remind others not to offer your pet table food. Stay tuned for our next post about Loving and Loyal Dachshunds!