Holiday Foods That Are Toxic To Dogs

The holidays can always get a little crazy. Make sure that you keep track of your food and make sure that your dogs aren't counter-surfing during all of the chaos this year. Some of the most important foods to make sure you keep your dog away from as listed below. These foods can be toxic to dogs.

Foods That Are Toxic To Dogs

  1. Chocolate

    Most people know that chocolate is toxic to dogs. Make sure you keep the chocolate boxes and other treats that include chocolate pushed back on the counter.
  2. Grapes and Raisins
    Even small quantities of these fruits can cause rapid kidney failure in dogs. Make sure you avoid sharing fruitcakes or stuffing that contain these foods with your dog.
  3. Nutmeg (Pumpkin Pie) 

    High amounts of nutmeg can be toxic to dogs and cause stomach pain, or even seizures. Make sure you avoid sharing your last bite of pumpkin pie or other desserts that include nutmeg with your dog. 
  4. Turkey Bones
    It might be tempting to share a bone from your turkey with your dog but these cooked bones can cut your dogs' intestines and end up leading to surgery.
  5. Rum Cake or Any Alcohol

    Just like humans, alcohol can cause damage to the brains and livers of dogs. It doesn't take much for dogs to be affected. Alcohol can lead to tremors, coma, respiratory distress and death in dogs. Make sure you avoid sharing anything with alcohol in it with your dog - including rum cake.
  6. Nuts
    Different types of nuts can be extremely toxic to dogs. Macadamia nuts, especially, are extremely toxic to dogs and can lead to rapid heartbeat, paralysis, vomiting, and other issues.
  7. Candy

    The sugar in candy isn't necessarily good for dogs, but many candies contain xylitol, a sweetener. This can be toxic to dogs and cause liver failure. 
  8. Garlic, Onions or Chives
    Any foods that contain these ingredients should be kept from your dog at all costs. Even small amounts of cooked or powdered onions or garlic and lead to damaged blood cells or anemia in your dog.

Holiday Foods That Are Safe To Safe With Your Dog

If you're looking to share some table scraps with your dog these foods are safe to share.

  • Cooked Sweet Potatoes (as long as there are no marshmallows or raisins)
  • Pumpkin Puree
  • Green Beans
  • Apples (without the core)
  • Carrots
  • Bananas
  • All Natural Dog Treats

No matter how "nice" your dog has been this year or how much they beg... make sure you avoid feeding them these foods so you can all have a safe and happy holiday season!