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Holiday Foods That are Dangerous to Your Pet

Pets have a way of charming guests into slipping them some yummy holiday grub. Therefore, you should be sure to warn all your guests this holiday season of the harm certain foods can cause to your cat or dog. The following foods are particularly harmful for your furry friends. 

Dairy Dishes

One of the best parts of the holidays is the delicious, creamy sides that accompany your turkey dinner. Macaroni & cheese, casseroles, mashed potatoes, and more are holiday staples that humans love, but that are harmful to your animals. Dairy products can cause diarrhea and upset tummies and should be kept away from your pet. 

Fatty Meats

Plain, white meat turkey is an excellent source of lean protein for your cat or dog, but turkey bones and skin can be dangerous and should be avoided. Ham, bacon, and other fatty meats should also not be included in your pet’s holiday diet as they can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and worse symptoms in severe cases.

Onions and Garlic

Vegetables are packed with nutrients that promote a healthy life for your pet, don’t hold back from sharing carrots, celery, cucumber, and other fresh veggies with them during the holidays. However, you should prevent them from eating any onions or garlic, as these are toxic to your pet and can cause them to become very sick. 

Salt & Sugar

Salt and sugar may add that extra something that was lacking in your favorite dish, but they are not safe for animals. When over-consumed, salt and sugar can cause your cat or dog to have excessive thirst and urination and can also affect their kidneys or cardiovascular health, especially if they have underlying health problems. 

The holidays should be fun, loving times free of any stress or emergency veterinary visits; for more information on how to keep your pet safe this holiday season, call your trusted veterinarian.