The holiday season is upon us! Food is a big part of many annual festivities and celebrations. Our canine companions are just as enthusiastic about those special snacks as we are. Of course, while Fido would happily snap up anything that falls within paws’ reach, not everything is safe or suitable for him. Here, a Mesa, AZ vet goes over what you should and shouldn’t give your pup around the holidays.

Meat

If we were able to poll our four-legged patients, they very likely would list meat as their favorite food. Most types of meat are fine for dogs. That includes steak, beef, deli meat, veal, and venison. However, there are a few caveats here. Organ meats, like liver and kidney, are safe when fed occasionally, but are dangerous if given too often. You also don’t want to go overboard with things like bacon and sausage. Processed meats should be limited as well. Finally, only give Fido meat that is unseasoned, fully cooked, and boneless.

Veggies

Fido probably won’t get as excited over a carrot stick as he would a cocktail weiner, but safe fruits and veggies do contain nutrients that are good for your four-legged friend. Some safe options include spinach, sweet potato, pumpkin, cooked green beans, carrots, bananas, apple slices, and squash. Just keep in mind that these should be side dishes, rather than a main course.

Chews

Chew treats, like rawhide and pigs’ ears, are very popular among our canine pals. However, they aren’t necessarily safe for all pooches. Some can break off into pieces small enough for Fido to swallow or choke on, which can be very dangerous. Ask your vet for recommendations.

Store-Bought Treats

It’s probably safe to say that your furry buddy would be more than happy to sample anything you bring home. If your pooch has a favorite store-bought treat, go ahead and indulge him! We do recommend sticking with safer, healthier brands. Get into the habit of reading labels. Meat should be listed first and most often.

Unsafe Foods

Many popular foods are unsafe for Fido. That list includes garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; grapes, currants, and raisins; avocado; pitted fruits; caffeine; chocolate; dairy products; raw dough or yeast; nuts; mushrooms; dairy products; and xylitol. Ask your vet for more information. 

Happy Holidays from everyone here at Agape Animal Clinic, your Mesa, AZ veterinary hospital! Call us anytime!