You've heard it before, "table scraps bad, dog food good". But during the holidays, we often let the spirit of the season move us to feed snacks to our pet. It is not so much some of the specific items that you might feed are harmful but the fact if they do not get this type of treat any other time of the year. These sporadic delicacies to your pet are setting them up for an upset stomach. So start with knowing what is reasonably safe to give as a snack and then steer clear of any of the other holiday goodies that your furry friend may be begging for.
2. Raw carrots- give them a few before you stuff the turkey
3. yams- cooked plain are fine, but none of these molasses dripping, marshmallow coated ones
4. green beans- again, before all of the fat back, bacon and onion straws
Other holiday hazards...?
Trash- don't let your pets get in to the garbage that is full of the onion scraps, potato peels, empty tin cans, and egg shells... If you can't keep an eye on the trash, keep it closed in a closet during all of the cooking.
Glass ornaments- Dogs and cats can knock down low hanging ornaments. Broken glass and chewed up ornaments can cause serious injury to your pet.
Tinsel- any long string-like decorations, including Christmas ribbon can be gobbled up by a curious cat. Ingestion of these can cause life-threatening intestinal blockages.
Extension and/or electrical cords. Keep these tucked away where your pet cannot chew on them. We want happy surprises on Christmas, not harmful shocks.
If your pet gets in to something and you are unsure if it is harmful, call us at 910-256-2624 or call the local veterinary emergency hospital at 910-791-7387
You can also contact ASPCA Pet Poison Control at 1 (888) 426-4435