Halloween sets the tone for the holiday season. The holidays can serve as an important reminder that seasonal fun brings lots of fun but it can also expose dogs to fatal foods. To help keep your pet’s diet on track, we’re offering friendly reminders on what foods your pet should avoid. We’re also sharing some DIY food fixes that support healthy canine GI health and can sooth upset doggy tummies.
Please note, if your dog ingests a toxic food or displays sever allergy symptoms, you should contact your vet immediately.
Any food with high sugar content is potentially hazardous to your pet, and holiday candy is no exception. Dogs should never be given candy as a treat, even it’s something like a candy-coated pretzel. Below are some of the greatest canine candy offenders.
Well known to be hazardous for dogs, chocolate ranks high on the list of foods toxic for canines. All chocolate brings risk, but dark chocolate can be particularly dangerous. Chocolate can cause diarrhea, vomiting, and in extreme cases seizures or even death.
Candy with Sticks or Plastic
Lollipops, suckers, ring pops, or any novelty that incorporates a novel non-food item can be hazardous to your pet. There’s the obvious choking hazards, but also toxicity hazards as the plastic portions of novelty candy are not edible.
Candy corn and all unwrapped candies are typically served in bowls, which means they’re striking distance of your dog. Whether it’s a bowl of candy corn, chocolate covered pretzels, or jelly beans, dishes of candy can be easily accessible. Always keep dishes on high counters and out of reach places.
DIY Food Fixes
If your dog is displaying symptoms of a mild tummy ache or showing signs of slight allergies, consider a quick fix meal that incorporates one of these DIY food fixes. If the issue your dog is experiencing persists, try using an everyday food that has minimal ingredients and contact your vet.
Plain Greek yogurt is good for humans, and also good for dogs. If your pup is struggling with diarrhea, give plain Greek yogurt a try. You can either give it to them in small increments or try mixing it in with kibble. Greek yogurt supplies crucial probiotics to your dog and helps sooth acidic tummies.
Canned Pumpkin (Not Pie Filling)
Canned pumpkin provides fiber is an easy item to locate during the holidays. Be sure it’s PLAIN pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling. It also helps with constipation.
Boiled Chicken and Rice
This simple, easy to make, wholesome meal is a great way to nourish your pet. Whether they’re experiencing diarrhea or refusing to eat, this is a great go-to meal that will help get your dog back on track.
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