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Foods to Avoid Giving Your Dog This Holiday Season

The holiday season is a time of joy and celebration, but also a time of temptation for your furry friend. Many of the foods that we enjoy during this time of year can be harmful or even toxic to dogs, so it's important to know what to avoid and what to share with your pup.

Some of the foods that you should never give your dog include:

- Bones: They can splinter and cause choking, intestinal blockage, or internal injuries.

- Onions, garlic, leeks, and chives: They can damage your dog's red blood cells and cause anemia.

- Grapes and raisins: They can cause kidney failure in dogs.

- Chocolate, coffee, and caffeine: They contain substances called methylxanthines that can cause vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and even death in dogs.

- Nuts: Some nuts, such as macadamia nuts, can cause weakness, tremors, and hyperthermia in dogs. Other nuts, such as almonds and walnuts, can be high in fat and cause pancreatitis.

- Yeast dough: It can expand in your dog's stomach and cause bloating, gas, and pain. It can also produce alcohol that can intoxicate your dog.

- Fatty meats and meat scraps: They can cause pancreatitis, a painful inflammation of the pancreas that can be life-threatening.

- Nutmeg: It can cause hallucinations, seizures, and death in dogs.

- Xylitol: It is a sugar substitute that can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar, seizures, liver failure, and death in dogs.


If you want to treat your dog during the holidays, there are some safe and healthy options that you can share with them. These include:

- Turkey meat (without bones or skin): It is a lean protein that can benefit your dog's muscles and skin.

- Sweet potatoes (without added sugar or marshmallows): They are a good source of fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and beta-carotene for your dog.

- Pumpkin (without added sugar or spices): It is rich in fiber and can help with digestion and constipation in dogs.

- Apples (without seeds or core): They are full of vitamins A and C and can help clean your dog's teeth.

Remember to feed these foods in moderation and as occasional treats, not as a substitute for your dog's regular diet. Also, make sure to keep an eye on your dog during the holidays and prevent them from accessing any harmful foods that might be on the table or in the trash. If you suspect that your dog has eaten something toxic, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (888) 426-4435 immediately.

We hope you and your dog have a happy and safe holiday season!

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