Holiday Hazards 2014

As a responsible pet owner here are some foods to watch out for.

Chocolate, Coffee, Caffeine

Chocolate is one of the most well-known toxic foods for pets.  Chocolate contains harmful ingredients such as Theobromine and Caffeine.  The darker and more bitter the chocolate, the higher the concentration of these harmful ingredients in the product.  Unsweet or Baker’s chocolate contains 8 to 10 times the amount of Theobromine as milk chocolate.  Semi-sweet chocolate falls in between those two.

Xylitol

Xylitol is a natural sweetener found in small quantities in certain fruit.  Recently Xylitol has gained popularity due to its sugar-free nature.  It is often found in diabetic snacks, foods, mouthwashes, toothpastes, chewing gum, mints, and candies.  Sugarless products with Xylitol listed within the first 3 to 5 active ingredients can be extremely harmful.

Raisins/Grapes

These are considered a healthy snack for humans, but are very harmful to our pets.  Everyday kitchen items that we commonly keep around could be potential hazards to our furry friends.  These include raisin bread, trail mix, cereal with raisins, and our favorite chocolate covered raisins.  Grapes and raisins have been associated with the development of sudden kidney failure.

Other foods to watch out for:

Turkey fat, poultry skin, Onions, Bones from fish, meat, or poultry, Raw fish, meat, and poultry, Garlic, and uncooked yeast dough.

 

Other ways to keep your pets safe this holiday: 

Helpful Tips to keep your 4-legged friends safe:

1. Place candles in a hard to reach spot

2. Check your holiday lights for signs of fraying or chewing and use three prong extension cords as a safty precaution.

3. Quickly discard ribbions and bows wrapped around holiday gifts.

4. Place glass, aluminum, and paper ornaments higher up on the tree.

5. Make sure all left overs are thrown away and out of your pets' reach.  Secure your garbage cans!

6. Train your guests! Caution vistors against giving your pet table scraps or special treats.