As the holidays draw near, your home will be filled with sights and smells of holiday decor, songs, and treats. Although many of your foods may be delicious, you need to exercise caution when feeding your pets. Dogs and cats have sensitive digestive systems, and some holiday foods can be detrimental to your pet’s health. Concentrated sugars and certain foods can be a ticket to the pet hospital. Avoid feeding your pet foods that contain these holiday favorites, explains the ASPCA.
Chocolate Will Result in Admission to a Pet Hospital
Chocolate can result toxicosis due to caffeine and theobromine content. These compounds may result in minor paralysis, abdominal discomfort, restlessness, vomiting, irregular heart rhythms, and even death.
Turkey Should Be Cooked.
Turkey may contain harmful levels of salmonella, especially when undercooked. Avoid feeding your pets raw turkey or turkey-containing products. If you notice any signs of food poisoning in your pets, such as vomiting, diarrhea, or severe lethargy, contact your veterinarian immediately.
Bread Dough Can Be Deadly.
Bread dough contains yeast, and when ingested, bread dough will expand within your pet’s stomach. This may result in abdominal distention, severe pain, and additional complications. Make sure your pets do not eat any unbaked breads, and even baked breads should be avoided.
Artificial Sweeteners Cause Blood Sugar to Drop
Although little research exists to show dangers for saccharin and other artificial sweeteners, xylitol has been shown to be deadly for dogs. Avoid giving your pets any foods that contain artificial sweeteners. Even in small doses, xylitol will cause rapid drops in your dog’s blood sugar. As a result, your dog could enter a diabetic-coma. Beware of store-purchased sweets that may contain xylitol as a sweetener, which may include some dog treats.
Dairy Products Cause Digestive Problems.
Depending on your pet, dairy products may cause excessive flatulence, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Avoid giving dairy products to your pets unless advised by your veterinarian. Furthermore, cow’s milk can cause blood sugar problems in high quantities.
The holidays are meant to be a time of good food, spending time with your family, and enjoying the indoors. However, holiday foods can be dangerous to your pets. Take a little extra time to make sure you do not end up spending your holidays at the pet hospital by avoiding these foods.