Our four-legged best friends are a part of the family. And while we may want to share our holiday meals, there are many foods you should avoid! This is because dogs and cats are both sensitive to different foods, some of which can be surprising. Here is a list of some of the most toxic foods for our pets as well as some that they can enjoy with you.

Toxic Foods For Dogs and Cats

Usually, what is toxic to a dog is also toxic to a cat. Any change of behavior in our animals can be pointing towards an illness or injury, including ingesting something they shouldn’t have. It is important for pet parents to be aware of what foods are dangerous for pets in case something is accidentally consumed.

  • Grapes & Raisins: Unfortunately, these little bite-sized snacks are toxic for our animals. When our pets consume them it can become fatal due to kidney damage. Dogs or cats who consume grapes or raisins can experience seizures, diarrhea, coma, tremors, and vomiting.
  • Mushrooms: Mushrooms might be one that might surprise you since they are quite healthy for humans and found naturally in the wild. However, mushrooms can be toxic to our pets because they lead to liver failure. In more severe cases, consuming mushrooms can lead to neurotoxicity in animals and lead to death.
  • Chocolate: Most people already know that chocolate can be toxic to our dogs and cats, but it’s important to mention it here as chocolate can be extremely fatal. Theobromine is the specific ingredient in chocolate that makes it toxic to animals. Theobromine can cause reactions from mild stomach aches to fatality.
  • Onions & Garlic: One of the main reasons we should not be sharing our human dinner with our fur babies. Garlic and onions are some of the most commonly used ingredients in so many recipes but can be dangerous for our animals. No matter the form, powdered, raw, or cooked, garlic and onions can destroy an animal’s red blood cells which leads to severe anemia.
  • Avocado: This one also might surprise you, but avocados are a no-no to feed to our animals. Unfortunately, our furry pals need to skip out on Taco Tuesdays and guacamole. Avocados contain something called persin. Many dogs are allergic to persin, making avocados toxic for them, sometimes being fatal when consumed.

Here are some safe foods you can (and should) put on your furry friend’s plate for the holiday.

  • Turkey: Luckily, it’s safe for your pet to enjoy the main dish of the season, woohoo! Just make sure to keep the portion small and without any pesky bones or skin.
  • Potatoes: Whether you’re making mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, or any other potato-based dish, these tubers are safe for your pet! Leave a small portion out before you add them into your dish and remember, any butter, gravy, or sugars are a no-go for pets.
  • Broccoli: Just like you, your pet needs veggies too. Plain broccoli is a great healthy option to add to your pet’s plate. It will give them a boost of fiber, and they won’t even complain about eating it. It’s a win all around!
  • Green beans: Just like broccoli, plain green beans are another safe and healthy food for your pets. But don’t forget to set some aside before you add any butter!
  • Pumpkin: Before you start to make your pumpkin pie or any other pumpkin treats, set aside a scoop of pumpkin puree or baked pumpkin; it’s a perfect addition to your pet’s plate and a perfect combo with savory foods.

Sadly, pies or other yummy desserts are a no-go for your furry friend. Thankfully, you can make your pet a treat of their own for the holiday. Our friends over at Raised Doughnuts shared a special recipe with us that you can easily make at home!

In 2016 the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center received more than 180,000 calls from pet owners whose dogs or cats ingested something toxic. So if it helps, your pet ingesting something they shouldn’t have is not the first time. Accidents happen! If you are worried or your animal is showing concerning symptoms call the ASPCA helpline or your local vet hospital immediately. The most important thing is to get your animal the help it needs right away with no delay.

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