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Holiday Treats for Dogs

We probably don’t have to tell you that our canine pals are very, very enthusiastic about food. During the holidays, Fido will be paying very close attention to those delicious seasonal dishes. Your furry friend may also practice his most adorable and irresistible begging tactics. It’s fine to offer your four-legged pal some special treats, but be careful what you give him. Many people foods are not safe for Man’s Best Friend! A local Coon Rapids, MN vet discusses holiday treats for pups in this article.

Leftovers

You can definitely offer your cute pet some of that delicious main course. Chicken, turkey, duck, goose, and other poultry dishes are all fine. Fido can also have fish, such as salmon, mackerel, cod, or flounder. Many types of meat, including steak, beef, and roasts, are also safe. However, there are some caveats. Only give your pooch cooked, plain, boneless meat, with the skin and fat removed. Keep in mind that some meats, such as liver and kidney, are only safe in small amounts. Ham is also not a good choice for pups. As for other foods, dogs can have eggs, cheese, and/or cooked pumpkin, peas, squash, carrots, green beans, bananas, and apples. Sodium-free broth is also fine, and makes a great treat!

Homemade Goodies

If you like cooking, why not make Fido some holiday cookies? Get a cute bone mold to make them look nice. (Note: this also will help keep people from mistaking doggy treats for regular treats.) In addition to the ingredients listed above, you can add things like whole-wheat flour, wheat germ oil, plain yogurt, organic baby food, bacon grease, and bacon bits. Put them in a glass jar and decorate it with a pretty ribbon when you’re done. These also make great gifts for your pup’s canine pals!

Foods To Avoid

Not all foods are safe or suitable for Man’s Best Friend. Never give your pooch meat on the bone, processed foods, or raw meat, dough, or yeast. Grapes, currants, and raisins are also unsafe, as are chocolate; pitted fruits; avocados; nuts; alcohol; caffeine; and anything that contains xylitol. Garlic, onion, scallions, and chives are also on the no-no list. Ask your vet for more information.

Happy Holidays! Please reach out to us, your Coon Rapids, MN vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are dedicated to offering great care!

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