While we all are tempted to share our tasty dinners with our canine companions, a lot of food that we enjoy isn’t safe or healthy for our furry friends.
As the holiday season approaches, many of us will be preparing greater quantities of food for our celebrations. Our pets can ramp up the begging around new and unfamiliar friends and family, so making sure they don’t get ahold of any foods that could be harmful to them is essential.
An excess of anything can be harmful to them, especially salty foods or foods high in carbs or fats.
We’ve prepared a list of common foods to avoid when sharing with your dogs:
Grapes or raisins
Caffeine (coffee, tea, soda, etc.)
Fruit with pits (peaches, plums, persimmons, cherries)
Cooked bones (they can splinter and be dangerous to ingest)
Spices (In general, these are just best to avoid)
Nutmeg and cinnamon
Instead of any of the above foods, you can try these alternatives that are safe for your pets.
Green beans (unsalted)
Apples (without seeds)
Sweet potatoes (plain)
Cranberries (not cranberry sauce)
Peaches and pears with the pits removed
There is a reason the phrase “puppy-dog eyes” was coined. Those adorable faces can be hard to resist. Just make sure that the food you share with your canine companions is dog-friendly, and in moderation.