Safe Holiday Foods for Your Dogs and Cats

Thanksgiving is the official start of the holiday season – and the start of holiday weight gain for both people and their pets.  While sharing our holiday meals with our pets seems innocent and even caring, the vets at Cottage Lake Vet Hospital want you to know that those extra calories and pounds can put your dog or cat at risk for serious weight gain and health threats.  An interesting fact is that each pound on a dog equals 5 to 7 pounds on a person, and an extra pound on a cat is similar to a weight gain of 7 to 10 pounds on a person.

If you are tempted to share your holiday buffet with your pet, there are some simplie guidlines you can follow to help kick off the holiday season safely.

  • Reach for the veggies:  Carrots, broccoli, celery, green beans and asparagus are tasty and healthy treats for your dog.
  • Reach for the salmon:  Two ounces of salmon is a great holiday treat for your cat.
  • Avoid giving your pets onions, grapes, raisins and macadamia nuts.
  • Be sure to tell your family and friends to not feed your pets turkey skin, gravy and fatty trimmings as this could lead to pancreatitis.
  • Avoid giving your dogs or cats bones or any items containing chocolate.
  • Feed your dogs and cats their special treats and holiday meal at their own feeding place, this will avoid unwanted disasters and also keep them from receiving unhealthy goodies from your guests.

Tune in next week for a safe holiday receipe for your pets!


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