With the holidays just around the corner, you may be wondering if you can include your dog in any of the feasts to come. The answer depends on a number of factors, from your pet’s dietary needs to the type of food you’re sharing. To best prepare you for the holiday season, here is what a veterinarian would typically advise you to feed your dog.
A Veterinarian’s Guide to Table Scraps
It Depends on Your Dog’s Diet
If you typically feed your dog a healthy diet of predominantly pet food, it’s okay to feed them small table scraps from time to time. However, make sure the food is healthy and the portion limited. You don’t want to upset your pet’s stomach by overfeeding them, nor establish unrealistic expectations that lead to begging. If you’re unsure what an appropriate amount is for your dog, consult your veterinarian.
Which Foods Are Okay to Feed Your Dog
If you do decide to give your dog occasional table scraps, only offer foods they can handle, like chicken, carrots, sweet potatoes, broccoli, and corn. Some fruits are easy on the stomach as well, including apples, blackberries, blueberries, pineapple, and watermelon. Peanut butter can be a special treat as well, and is typically a favorite among dogs.
Which Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Dog
Anything containing caffeine, such as chocolate, coffee, or tea, is highly dangerous for your pet. Caffeine can stimulate the nervous system and cause hyperactivity, vomiting, or diarrhea. Small foods, such as nuts, grapes, and raisins, should be avoided as well since they pose a choking hazard. Additionally, don’t give your furry friend any pure fat sources, particularly those from meat, as these can lead to digestive issues.
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