BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Pets Best Pet Health Insurance recently released a list of all of the holiday favorites that should be kept out of your pets food bowls.
Although their sweet faces may be begging for table scraps, it is important to know which foods are and are not safe for your furry friend to consume. Make sure to inform friends and family that may be dining with you that your animals are not to be fed the following table scraps:
1. Stuffing: As this favorite is often made with onions, scallions or garlic, it is not safe for your pet to consume.
2. Ham: Ham and other pork products can cause pancreatitis, upset stomach, vomiting and diarrhea. Also because ham tends to be high in fat, it can lead to obesity in pets.
3. Turkey bones: Bones can cause indigestion in dogs and cats, potentially leading to vomiting and obstruction of bowels. Bones can also splinter and cause damage to the inside of the stomach or intestines. In rare cases, bones can even puncture the stomach and cause a fatal abdomen infection.
4. Mashed potatoes: Although potatoes are safe for pets to consume, mashed potatoes contain butter and milk, which can cause diarrhea in pets that experience lactose intolerance. Also some recipes call for onion powder or garlic, which are toxic to pets.
5. Salads with grapes/raisins: Grapes and raisins are toxic and potentially deadly. Grapes can cause kidney failure in dogs.
6. Chocolate pie: Chocolate is toxic to dogs and cats, even though dogs love the smell and taste of it. The darker the chocolate, the more toxic it is to your pet.
Prior to starting the festivities, make sure to get the emergency number for your veterinary clinic and keep it close by in case of emergency. Early action may prevent costly and serious complications from developing.
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