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Holiday Foods That Are Safe for Fido

The holidays bring many wonderful things, such as reunions with friends and family members; seasonal traditions, like decorating and gift exchanges; and, of course, those delicious holiday meals. If you have a dog, your canine pal will probably be paying very close attention to those yummy dishes. It’s fine to indulge Fido with a special holiday snack, but be sure to only give him safe, suitable treats. In this article, a London, ON vet lists some holiday foods that are appropriate for dogs to eat.

Sweet Potatoes

Plain sweet potatoes are a great treat for our furry friends. If your sweet potatoes are mixed or topped with nuts, cinnamon, or other yummy ingredients, however, give Fido something different instead.

Meat

Cooked, plain meat, without the fat, skin, or bones is safe for dogs. Never give Fido any meat that contains bones! Bones, especially cooked ones, can be very brittle and break off into sharp splinters, which are very, very dangerous for your canine buddy. You also want to limit your pup’s intake of fatty meat products, like pepperoni and sausage. Small bits here and there are okay, but don’t overindulge your pet!

Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is a great treat for Man’s Best Friend. Smear a little on a doggy biscuit for a special snack!

Apples

The flesh of apples is safe for your pooch, though it does contain sugar, so don’t give Fido too much. It’s important to note that only the flesh of the apple is safe. The pips and seeds are actually very toxic.

Pumpkin

Pumpkin is also fine for dogs. Don’t give Fido any seeds, however, as they can cause serious intestinal blockages.

Cooked Veggies

While not all vegetables are safe for your canine pal, you can give him cooked beans, carrots, potatoes, and spinach.

Other Options

Yogurt, eggs, salmon, and oatmeal are all safe for your canine pal. A little cheese here and there is also ok, but don’t overindulge Fido with this fatty snack.

Dangerous Foods

Never give Fido chocolate; avocado; caffeine; grapes, currants, or raisins; macadamia nuts; raw dough; or anything that contains xylitol, such as candies and baked goods. Garlic, onions, scallions, and chives are also toxic to dogs.

Happy Holidays! Please contact us, your London, ON vet clinic, with any questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care. We are here to help!

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