The holiday season is upon us! This is that carefree time of year when we check our healthy eating habits at the door and indulge in some of our favorite delicious recipes; us humans anyway. Although our furry friends might reap some of the benefits and see a little extra food in their bowls at chow time, as pet parents it’s our responsibility to make sure they’re happy AND healthy this holiday season.
Here are some tips to keep in mind for safe and happy feasting:
- Make no bones about it
Remove any bones before giving your pet a nibble of turkey. Bones can be dangerous if chewed and swallowed by pets.
- Say “no” to that stuff in stuffing
It depends on the recipe, but many stuffing recipes call for onions, scallions or chives, which are toxic to dogs. It’s better to be safe than sorry and say “no” to stuffing.
- Turkey topping
It’s certainly delicious but gravy recipes often call for turkey stock and seasonings, which are very fatty for dogs.
- Don’t let them eat cake
Many of our favorite holiday deserts contain sugar, which is not generally recommended for dogs and cats.