Celebrating the Holidays: What You Shouldn’t Feed Your Cat or Dog

The holidays are upon us and, of course, we will be celebrating with lots of good food!

Our companion animals are family, and it’s natural to want to involve them in the festivities. Buying them gifts and including them in the family photo is great, but sharing food from your holiday plate is something you should steer clear of. For their health and safety, it’s important to stick to their usual food routine and avoid human food. If you want to give them something special, choose food that are specifically designed for them.

Many human foods are harmful to animals. You may have heard it before, but a reminder is always helpful, and it’s especially important info if this is your first holiday season with a cat or dog.

We’ve compiled a short list of foods that are potentially harmful (depending on the quantity and your companion’s weight, of course):

Onion: ensure animals can’t access the garbage and never let them lick anything that came in contact with onions

Chocolate: the darker it is, the more toxic it is. This goes for cats as well as dogs

Coffee: toxic for dogs only

Avocado: the fruit as well as the leaves are toxic for dogs and cats

Garlic: best avoided for dogs

Fresh grapes, raisins and sultanas: toxic for dogs only

Macadamia nuts: toxic for dogs only

Keep in mind that every living being is unique, so something that may cause an upset stomach for one animal may not affect another one. Therefore, it’s important to be vigilant and observant when it comes to the food they eat. If you think your companion has eaten anything that’s unsafe or you want more information on the topic, consult your vet right away.

Following these tips will help your companion stay safe and healthy during the holidays.

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