Treat your pet well at the holidays – know which people food is good and which is bad!

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If you’re like me, whether you’ve got pets of your own or you’re watching someone else’s, you want them to have a special holiday too.  Ideally this should mean that they get a pet-appropriate toy or treat.  Still, sometimes it’s hard to resist giving them a little people food treat. Here’s a quick rundown of which foods you should AVOID giving your pets this holiday season:

Alcohol – Duh. This can cause all sorts of problems from vomiting to difficulty breathing, and even death! It’s not funny to get the dog drunk.

Avocado – Is more dangerous for for small pets, birds and animals like horses and sheep.  Still, it’s probably not the best for your cat or dog either.

Chocolate – we all know chocolate is bad for pets.  It, along with coffee and caffeine, contains methylxanthine.  This causes all kinds of problems and sickness for your canine.  Just say NO to chocolate cookies for the dog.

Citrus – Citric acid can cause irritation to your pet’s central nervous system and digestive system.

Coconut or Coconut Oil – Small amounts are probably ok, but it can cause digestive problems and diarrhea.  Why risk it?

Grapes and Raisins – you know these are toxic to your pet.  They can cause kidney failure and are best avoided at all costs.

Macadamia Nuts (or any other nut for that matter) – can cause weakness, depression and even hyperthermia in dogs. Other nuts can cause vomiting and diarrhea.

Milk and Dairy – Dogs are basically lactose intolerant. Don’t give them an upset tummy 😦

Onions, Garlic, Chives – Cats are more prone to this than dogs, but it’s better to err on the side of caution.  These cause digestive irritation and can cause damage to red blood cells.

Raw or uncooked meat, eggs or bones – These can contain E coli which is dangerous to humans and pets. Bones are never a good idea because your pet can choke on them, or they can splinter and cause injury to your pet’s digestive tract.

Salty foods like potato chips – Too much salt causes excessive thirst and can lead to sodium ion poisoning.

Xylitol – That fake sugar stuff that’s in everything from candy to toothpaste, can lead to liver failure due to an increase in insulin production.

Yeast Dough – You’ve all heard the story about the dog who ate the yeast rolls…don’t let this happen to your pet! Too much yeast can bloat and swell your dog’s stomach, which could cause it to twist.

The best choices for your pet are natural, unflavored and unseasoned products like pumpkin, carrots, and plain baked chicken.  Actually, the best choices are treats made specifically for your pet!  Come in and see us and find just the right treat for your cat, dog, fish, bird, gerbil, hamster, guinea pig, lizard, snake or any other pet you’ve got!

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