’Tis the season to protect your pets

Keep your pets away from harmful foods, plants and decorations.

It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays.

While it’s a magical time of year for family and friends, with homes decked out with decorations and filled with the aroma of holiday foods, there are many things inside the home that can be especially dangerous to curious pets.

Pass the plate, but not to Fido
Keep these foods away from pets this season:
• Chocolate
• Coffee and tea
• Alcohol
• Gravies or leftover grease
• Uncooked scraps and bones (meat, fish and poultry)
• Bones (meat, fish and poultry)
• Grapes and raisins
• Macadamia nuts
• Uncooked yeast dough
• Onions
• Anything containing artificial sweeteners, especially xylitol, which is toxic to dogs and not cats.

Remember, dogs have a keep sense of smell and they’ll try to find what’s been put in the trash. Keep trash bags safely away from pets. Also, dogs will sniff out wrapped presents which contain food.

Place Plants Out of Reach
The poinsettia is a traditional holiday plant, but it contains a sap that can be toxic to dogs and cats resulting in them vomiting. Also, keep pets away from mistletoe and holly (both the leaves and berries).

Dangerous Decorations
It may be fun to watch dogs and cats play with ribbons, bows and shiny things, but if ingested they could cause abdominal intestinal blockages that might require costly surgery to remove.

Don’t decorate your tree with real food items, like candy canes, since these may be just a bit tempting.

Pets might also be attracted to water in tree stands, since some tree preservatives contain sugars. This standing water can harbor harmful bacteria or pull the fertilizers, pesticides or insecticides used on the tree into the water. Please don’t let your pet drink tree stand water!

So what holiday foods ARE good for dogs?

  • Cooked sweet potatoes (minus any additional ingredients)
  • Baked potatoes
  • Pumpkin purée
  • Cucumbers and carrots (steamed or raw)
  • Steamed green beans or greens
  • Bananas, apples and unsweetened cranberries

These are highly nutritious and will allow your pet to participate in the feast while remaining happy and healthy!

Happy Holidays from Everyone at Animal Ark!

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