‘Tis the season when friends and family gather for savory meals. As you sit around enjoying the feast, chances are your dog is making laps around the table hoping someone will take pity and “accidentally on purpose” let some food scraps fall to the floor.
You and your guests may think that this is harmless, but the fact is that some foods can be harmful—even lethal—to dogs.
Take a look at the meal you’re serving and it becomes obvious that holiday food is usually very rich and fatty. This can lead to diarrhea and tummy distress for your dog. Remember, this type of feast-worthy food is a far cry from the healthy diet you feed your dog.
Holiday meal safety list
Keep your dog away from chocolate—it can be fatal to pooches. Bowls of candy, or pieces dropped by guests or children, may pose a real risk to your pets. The darker the chocolate, the more dangerous it is.
Never give your dog poultry bones because they can splinter easily and stick in the esophagus.
Make sure your pet can't access food left on counters or tables. After you've cleaned the kitchen, take the garbage out and dispose of it in a secure place where no pets can get into it.
Don't let your dog lie on the kitchen floor where food is often dropped. If he is not trained to stay out of the garbage, use a can with a lid, or keep it out of your pet's reach. Dogs are capable of amazing feats when food is involved.
Consider keeping your dog in his crate when you’re serving holiday dinners. If you want your pooch by your side at the dinner table, make sure he has a full belly by feeding him his favorite dog food before you and your guests eat. And help keep his mouth occupied, give him a doggie treat or chew toy.