The Dog Holiday Guide…
Our 2-minute dog holiday guide offers quick tips on how to keep your dog safe during the holidays. No matter how you celebrate, these suggestions will help you to keep your dog happy and healthy throughout the festivities!
What Not to Feed Them
Turkey, ham, and other holiday favorites are definitely on your dog’s do not eat list. In fact, there are a few foods that you should never give your dog at all. Steer clear of anything with onion or garlic powder, grapes and raisins, avocado, macadamia nuts and xylitol (an artificial sweetener), and steer your pup away from turkey bones too.
Here’s a quick guide: Chocolate is absolutely toxic for dogs, and can cause vomiting and diarrhea. Grapes and raisins can be very dangerous as well and can cause kidney failure. It is best not to give them anything with grapes or raisins in it (goodbye fruitcake). Giving your dog fatty table scraps like turkey skin or bacon might seem like a good idea at first—your dog won’t go hungry—but those foods aren’t actually good for your dog. Excessive fat may contribute to pancreatitis and other digestive problems. Onions and garlic are also bad for dogs; they can cause anemia and make your pup especially susceptible to infections.
Safe Foods from the Dog Holiday Guide
To help your dog have a healthy holiday season, let’s go over what you can give your dog. There are plenty of safe options for your pet, so don’t worry. For example, healthy ingredients like carrots and eggs can be given as treats or baked into dog-friendly desserts (remember to avoid anything with garlic). Many fruits and vegetables can also be given as treats (no onions or avocado). And whole grains like brown rice and oats are considered safe for your pup as well — just watch out that they don’t contain raisins or chocolate chips.
Staying Cool During the Festive Season
Pet parents know all too well how draining it can be for your pup to become overheated. During high summer, we’re always on top of things—we have an eye on our pets and try our best not to let them overheat. However, during the winter holidays, we can fall short of that ideal. With a million things going on at once and guests coming and going constantly, it’s all too easy for your pet to become overheated when you least expect it.
Happy Holidays to You and Your Pup!
We hope that this quick guide is helpful going into the winter holiday season!