SAN ANTONIO – The holidays are fun for the family, and that can include your four-legged friends, but more people and more food could mean more hands feeding Fido under the table.
A general golden rule for feeding animals people food is to just say no.
The rich foods we eat typically eat during the holidays can be hard on your pet’s stomach and may lead to intestinal upset and diarrhea, according to Animal Care Services.
However, if you’re still wondering what’s considered safe for your pets to eat during those big holiday meals, the list is below.
- Poultry bones
- Alliums - onions, garlic, leeks, scallions, chives, shallots
- Xylitol (an artificial sweetener found in certain candies)
- Foods with alcohol
- Raw dough
- Turkey skin
- Nutmeg (a popular spice in many holiday dishes)
- Mashed potatoes
- Cranberry sauce
- Macaroni and cheese
- Green beans
If you think your pet may have ingested something toxic, call the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Pet Poison Control at 1-888-426-4435 or call your local emergency pet clinic.
ACS also advises pet owners to create a safe place for their animals if they’re unsure of how the pet will react to new people. Pet owners should also take time to pay attention to or play with their animals to prevent boredom or mischief, ACS says.