Holiday Foods That Are Toxic to Pets

The holiday season is just around the corner. Thanksgiving is just a few weeks off, with the winter holidays following closely behind. Your furry buddy will no doubt be very interested in that delicious seasonal food. While it’s fine to offer your dog or cat a special treat, you do want to be very careful with what you give your pet. Many people foods are dangerous to Fido and Fluffy! Below, an Orangevale, CA vet lists some foods that are toxic to pets.

Meat On The Bone

Bones become very brittle when they are cooked, and can splinter into dangerously sharp shards. These pieces can choke your pet and/or cause very serious internal injuries. If you want to share some turkey, chicken, fish, or beef with your furry pal, be sure to remove the bones, skin, and fat first.


Xylitol is also on the no-no list for Fluffy and Fido. It’s particularly concerning because it is often found in processed foods, including some which would otherwise be safe, such as peanut butter.

Raw Dough

Toxicity isn’t necessarily the issue here: raw dough is dangerous because it can expand inside pets’ digestive systems, causing severe damage. Never give Fido or Fluffy raw dough or yeast.

Grapes, Currants, and Raisins

Your beloved pet could become dangerously ill after eating as little as a single grape! (Note: Fluffy is less at risk here than Fido, just because cats are more likely to play with grapes than eat them.)

Garlic and Onions

Garlic and onions are very dangerous to pets, and are particularly concerning because they are often used as toppings or seasonings. Chives, scallions, and leeks are also unsafe.

Gravy and Butter

Gravy often contains seasonings, like garlic and onions, that are toxic to pets. Plus, it may just be too rich for Fluffy and Fido. Butter is also no-no, simply because it contains so much fat.

Other Foods

These are just a few foods that are toxic to pets. Chocolate; alcohol; pitted fruits; nuts; and caffeinated beverages are also dangerous to Fido and Fluffy. If you aren’t sure if something is safe, err on the side of caution and offer something else. Ask your vet for more information.

Enjoy your holiday! Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? We are always happy to help! Contact us, your Orangevale, CA animal clinic!

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