One of my favorite memories from the holidays is the aroma of turkey, stuffing, and other goodies wafting from the kitchen. My mouth would start watering just thinking of pumpkin pie!
We’re not the only ones drinking in the sweet smell of that special dinner; our pets have a nose thousands of times more powerful than ours.
Sometimes in our hustle and bustle for the holidays, we forget about our pets and what we think of as a delicious treat could be very toxic or even kill them.
The ASPCA has a list of some toxic foods to watch out for. They include:
Alcohol: While many people like to drink an alcoholic drink or two during the holidays, alcohol can cause coma or even death for our pets.
Caffeine: This ingredient in coffee and chocolate could affect the heart or nervous system.
Grapes and raisins: They smell and taste sweet but they could cause kidney failure.
Bones: Never give your pets turkey or chicken bones, as they can splinter and cause choking or serious internal injuries.
Onions and Garlic: These ingredients, often used in holiday dishes, can be toxic to dogs and cats.
Chocolate: Dark chocolate, in particular, can be extremely dangerous for pets due to the theobromine content.
Nuts: Some nuts, like macadamia nuts, can be toxic to dogs, causing weakness, tremors, and more.
Raw Yeast Dough: It can turn into alcohol or gas and reduce breathing and impair blood flow.
Xylitol: This artificial sweetener, often found in sugar-free desserts and gum, can be life-threatening for dogs. Cats can process Xylitol but not dogs.
Stuffing and Gravy: These dishes may contain ingredients that aren't safe for pets, so be cautious.
Desserts: Avoid sharing sugary treats and desserts with your pets, as they can upset their stomach.
The Humane Society of the United States has a list of toxic plants that could be harmful to pets this time of year.
Remember, it's always a good idea to provide some pet-friendly treats and keep a watchful eye on your four-legged companions during the holidays.
I hope you and your pets have a safe and happy holiday season!