21 Dec 2018

holiday foods6 Holiday Foods That Aren’t Safe for Dogs

The holidays are about being surrounded by your loved ones as you gather around the dinner table and celebrate the spirit of giving. From the Christmas ham to libations on New Years Eve, you, and your service dog, will be exposed to a lot of tempting foods. But how do you know which holiday foods aren’t safe for dogs? It’s crucial you ensure your service dog doesn’t eat something they’re not supposed to since some foods can cause upset stomachs or worse, even potentially kill your dog. We’ve put together a list of 6 holiday food that you should NOT feed to your dog this holiday season.

  1. Turkey

Plain white turkey meat itself is okay for dogs in moderation, but the dark meats are fatty, and the seasonings and bones can cause problems for dogs. Turkey bones are the biggest danger for dogs as they can easily splinter and puncture your dog’s digestive tract.

  1. Various Meats

Other types of meats aren’t good for your dog, either. The high fat content, seasoning and salt in meats such as roast beef can lead to pancreatitis, intoxication, and gastroenteritis issues in dogs.

  1. Raisin Puddings and Fruit Cakes

Raisins are poisonous to dogs, which makes raisin puddings and fruit cakes are also highly dangerous. Raisin intoxication can lead to devastating and potentially fatal renal failure.

  1. Heavily Seasoned/Fried Foods

Humans tend to heavily season foods during the holidays. Some other holiday foods to avoid are mashed potatoes with gravy, biscuits slathered in butter, brisket, potato latkes and doughnuts. It’s best to leave the people food to the humans as most of it is often fried in oil or have a lot of seasoning and salt which can be bad for dogs. Foods such as these can cause dehydration, lethargy or indigestion in dogs.

  1. Chocolate

Holiday foodsSince dogs aren’t built to digest theobromine and caffeine, chocolate can be poisonous to dogs. Caffeine and theobromine can cause serious cardiovascular problems and you should take your dog immediately to the emergency veterinarian if you think they have ingested chocolate.

  1. Xylitol

Xylitol is another deadly ingredient for dogs and it is used as sugar substitute. It can be found in many of the products we use at home without realizing it and, in high doses, xylitol may cause liver failure or even death.

Dogs don’t know which foods are bad for them which is why it’s up to us to make sure they don’t get into anything they shouldn’t. Keep an eye on your pets this holiday season and educate your guests on why it’s so important to not feed your dog dangerous table scraps.

Have more questions about what people food your dog can and can’t eat? Feel free to reach out and ask us! Call (540) 543-2307 or email us at info@sdwr.org.

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