Foods Your Dog Should Avoid During The Holidays

Chances are this isn’t the first time that you’ve visited a list of things that your dog shouldn’t eat. If you’re anything like me, you are constantly in a state of Googling things your dog should or should not consume, because frankly, you just can’t remember it all.

While this is NOT a comprehensive inventory of all the things they should avoid, for that would be a very long blog post, this article discusses some of the most vital foods to avoid during the holiday season. Many pre-packaged or processed foods are loaded with additives, spices, and ingredients that will make our dogs ill or worse.

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  1. Nuts. Here’s the disclaimer on nuts, some nuts ARE OKAY for dogs, but others are NOT. Err on the side of safety and keep nuts out of reach for your dog.

  2. Onions. We all know onions are poisonous to dogs, but chives, leeks, garlic, and shallots—anything in the onion family can be toxic. Given that a lot of prepared foods have some variation of garlic or onions in them, it’s best to steer clear of them altogether.

  3. Breads. As they say, most things are fine in moderation. Bread isn’t inherently bad for your dog, especially if it’s plain without any kind of herbs or seasonings, but bread, much like for humans, can cause weight gain with the excess intake of carbohydrates. To add, many dogs are sensitive or allergic to wheat, grains, gluten, and the like. In the end, choose a healthier treat for them other than bread.

  4. Sweets. This encompasses any kind of sweet treat you can think of from candy to chocolate (especially chocolate!) right down to my favorite, baked goods. Commercial sweets utilize an array of sweeteners from high fructose corn syrup to xylitol to cane sugar, all of which are unhealthy and harmful to our dogs. Plus, such goodies are high in caloric intake causing your favorite pooch to gain unnecessary extra pounds.

  5. Alcohol. You’ll read that alcohol isn’t purported to be deadly to our dogs, but it isn’t something that they would naturally come across in nature to drink; thus, over consumption of alcohol beverages can cause toxicity in dogs if enough of it is ingested. Obviously, tolerances and sensitivity are going to depend on the size, health, and allergies in an animal, but overall, alcohol—in any form—is not a healthy, safe option for dogs to consume.