The holiday season is here and food is a very big part of this time of year for most people. You may be wondering how your dog can join in the fun. This article will give you some guidelines about holiday food for your dog. The Pet Supply Company wishes you and your family a happy and safe holiday!
According to the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) there are several traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas meal ingredients that are dangerous for dogs.
• Fowl bones, especially after cooking are extremely dangerous for dogs. They splinter easily and can cause chocking and other serious hazards.
• Onions, garlic and chives all cause gastrointestinal irritation in large doses, as some holiday recipes require.
• High milk products can cause diarrhea.
• The amount of salt in many human dishes is too much for a dog to digest.
• Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs.
• Raw or undercooked meat and eggs can cause Salmonella and E.Coli.
• Avocado contains Persin, which can cause vomiting, and diarrhea in dogs.
• Chocolate and coffee contain Methylxanthines, causing vomiting, diarrhea, abnormal heart rate, seizures, tremors and death. Dark chocolate and baking chocolate are worse than milk chocolate.
• All candy contains too much sugar for pets.
Take care about giving your pup holiday leftovers. Too much of any new food can be a problem for dogs. You do not want to be spending your precious visiting time cleaning up after a sick dog. (Pet Supply Company pet cleaning products can be ordered online today! Free shipping.) But there are some goodies you can share with them if you are careful not to over do it in one sitting. Here are a few Thanksgiving and Christmas foods that are safe for your pet to enjoy.
• Cooked turkey without bones or extra seasonings is fine and delicious.
• Mashed potatoes are safe for your dog if you leave off the butter and seasonings and gravy.
• Small amounts of cranberry sauce are a yummy treat.
• The pasta from macaroni and cheese is a good snack.
• Green beans without the casserole sauce or onions included.
• Sweet potatoes are full of great nutrients for dogs. Remember to scrape off the marshmallows and brown sugar though.
If you are still wishing that your dog could join in the food celebration a bit more, you could buy some extra dog treats to toss his way throughout the day. The Pet Supply Company has a huge selection of yummy and nutritious treats for your pets. Ordering pet treats online is a smart way to save time this holiday season! To go a step further why not make some dog treats a few days ahead of time, if you have the time?
HOMEMADE SWEET POTATO DOG TREATS
Slice 2 sweet potatoes into ¼ inch rounds. Place on 2 non-stick baking sheets. Bake at 350 for 2 hours, flipping halfway through.
PUMPKIN TREATS FOR DOG
1 can 100% pure pumpkin puree
½ cup peanut butter
1 cup plain yogurt
Blend all 3 together until smooth.
Pour into ice cube trays, freeze 12 hours.
Pop single cubes into dog dish!
The holidays are usually full of busy activities. Remember to include your pets whenever you can. But if you have a house full of people you may want to set up a secluded spot for your pets to retreat to if the crowd becomes too much for them. Besides holiday food treats for your pet, you may want to come see the great variety of holiday pet toys and pet Christmas stockings here at The Pet Supply Company!
We hope that your family time is fun and safe for everyone. Come by The Pet Supply Company today to get ready for the holidays!