It’s hard not to fall for those puppy dog eyes. At Christmas time, we often buy a lot more food than we actually need. Instead of wasting scraps, you may be tempted to turn to your pets. While our pets tend to gladly oblige, it’s important these treats are healthy and safe for them to eat.
A Balanced Diet
It’s critical to keep in mind that our dogs and cats are not our rubbish bins – at all times of the year. Showing your pets you love them means feeding them a balanced diet that their sensitive tummies can tolerate.
Giving your pet table scraps is okay. Just ensure they are healthy; low in calories, salt and fat – so your pets can be at their happiest and healthiest!
What Not to Feed Your Pets
When it comes to feeding your pets scraps off the table, you may be surprised by the many foods they can’t tolerate.
Some common foods that are dangerous for pets include:
- Grapes & Sultanas: grapes and sultanas can be toxic to some dogs. Pet owners can only know whether or not their dog will react to grapes once it’s too late. This is because grapes cause the kidneys to shut down, which can threaten your dog’s life. So, pet owners should ensure that Christmas puddings, which often contain raisins or sultanas, are not fed to their dog.
- Onions & Garlic: these cause damage to red blood cells in dogs and cats which causes severe anaemia. So, leftover roast vegetables or anything (meat, salads) seasoned with products containing onion or garlic are a no-no.
- Chocolate: more commonly known to be toxic for animals, chocolate causes a range of problems for dogs and cats. It can make their heart race dangerously fast or cause seizures.
- Fatty Foods: rich, fatty foods can cause gastrointestinal issues like vomiting and diarrhea in dogs or cats. So pork crackle, chicken or turkey skin, ham, bacon and barbeque scraps are… off the table. Our pets can even risk pancreatitis when eating these fatty foods. It’s best to stick to healthy scraps your pets can tolerate.
- Starchy foods (potatoes, bread, pasta), desserts, anything with sugar, anything with alcohol, raw meat, bones (can block dogs’ intestines) and macadamia nuts can also cause severe problems for dogs and cats.
Be sure to check whatever scraps you give your pets are safe for them to eat. You don’t want to put your pet in a compromised position, and a trip to the vet on Christmas day could be challenging.
Healthy Scraps for Pets
- Peanut Butter: while this is less of a scrap and more a beloved condiment, peanut butter applied to a Kong can give your dog hours of entertainment while you enjoy your Christmas lunch. If your dog is on a diet, keep in mind the high oil and calorie content of peanut butter.
- Lean cooked turkey, beef, pork or fish (nothing with skin, bones, seasoning or sauces).
- Raw vegetables like carrots, celery, lettuce, pumpkin or cabbage hearts. Tip: pop a carrot into an old ice cream container, fill with water and freeze. Once set remove the carrot ice block from the container and let your dog lick their way to the carrot! This keeps your dog entertained and cool during summer.
- Cooked vegetables (no seasoning, sauces, butter or salt).
- Yogurts that do not contain xylitol gum are good snacks. Chobani Plain 0.5% Fat Yogurt is a good option. The plain yogurt can boost your dog’s intake of protein, calcium and good bacteria. However, they only require a small amount to yield nutritional benefits.
Seeing our pets drool as they watch us tuck into our Christmas lunch can insight a little guilt from pet owners. We want our furry friends to join in on the fun too! Fortunately, there are plenty of healthy Christmas scraps your pets will love.
At Samford Pet Resort, we take the health and wellbeing of animals seriously. Our qualified staff understand what foods are safe for pets, and what foods aren’t. Pets thrive when they’re at their happiest and healthiest. If you love spoiling your dog, consider treating them to a fun day out at doggy day care. If you have any questions about our services, be sure to get in touch.