10 Foods Your Dog Can't Eat During Holidays

     By Marianella Orlando
 July 14, 2015

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Holidays are exciting time for loved ones to come together, and for many pet owners, pups are also included in the family holiday function. With everyone gathered around the dinner table where food piles high, furry friends can't help but follow their nose to the delicious combination of scents.

If you're tempted to sneak them a few scraps off your plate, keep in mind that many of the ingredients can cause your dog to come down with food-related illnesses, such as pancreatitis or gastroenteritis. Pet plan, an insurance provider for about 100,000 cats and dogs in the US, states that veterinary treatment for upset stomachs can increase up to $615 during the holidays in comparison to the typical $429, especially with many vet hospitals closed for Holidays weekend.

Here's a list of 10 foods to avoid feeding your pet during the holiday to ensure they're happy and healthy:

Cooked bones
Although it may seem mind blogging that you can't toss your dog a bone at the end of the meal, small ones from a chicken, turkey or ham can splinter the inside of their digestive tract. Be sure to dispose all bones carefully and place them in an area where your dog can't get at them.

Turkey skin
We may seem like the bearer of bad news, but turkey skin can harm your pup since it's a high fatty food—which causes pancreatitis. It typically holds spices, butter, marinades and oils that make it difficult for your dog to digest, and can lead to vomiting or abdominal pain. If you can't resist those puppy dog eyes, offer only a piece of white meat.

Cranberry sauce
A perfect topping and side dish for Holidays, cranberry sauce contains about 22 grams of sugar. This means that candied yams, which racks up 21 grams of sugar, is also off the list. An overload of sugar consumption can lead to obesity in dogs, dental problems or diabetes. Sugar-free versions are also a no-no. Xylitol, an artificial sweetener found in sugar-free products such as gum, candy, baked goods, and possibly the ingredients you used to make a healthier form of your cranberry sauce or candied yams, can increase the insulin circulation in your dog and cause his/her blood sugar to drop. If consumed, vomiting, liver failure, seizures and tremors can result.

Stuffing
Depending on which recipe you follow, chances are the called ingredients can range from onions, garlic and chives to mushrooms, sage and scallions. To start, garlic and onions (even onion powder) have the potential to cause gastrointestinal irritation and contain sulfides, which can damage red blood cells and lead to anemia. Mushrooms are fatal to a dog and can affect many systems in their body, whereas the essential oils in sage can upset their stomach.

Grapes, Nuts and Raisins
Whether they're added in salads, stuffing or dessert, all three fixings are toxic to pups. Grapes contain an unknown toxin that damages their kidneys, in addition to raisins or currants. Nuts, especially walnuts and macadamias, affect their nervous system and creates muscle damage. Within 12 hours of consumption, your pet will suffer from fevers, vomiting, paralysis (they won't be able to walk, let alone stand), weakness, and hyperthermia.

Chocolate
As the number one rule to dog owners around the world, chocolate should never, we repeat, never be given to your pet. It's made of cocoa, meaning that it contains the toxin theobromine, which is responsible for causing diarrhea, vomiting, seizures, tremors, irregular heart beats, trouble breathing and death.

Coffee
A warm cup of coffee can be the best way to end a meal, but don't let your wandering furry pal get into it. Caffeine, whether it be in coffee, tea or soda, is toxic to their nervous system and can make them suffer from vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, seizures, or trouble breathing.

Dough
It may not seem like an issue to feed your dog a bit of your biscuit, but yeast dough can actually swill inside their stomach when consumed. As a result, their abdomen will stretch out, creating a severe amount of pain and bloating. We all know that uncomfortable feeling too well, so avoid putting your furry friend through it.

Pumpkin and sweet potato pie
A small sliver of pumpkin and sweet potato can induce seizures, tremors or nervous system abnormalities due to nutmeg, a common spice used in both pies. In extreme cases, high levels of nutmeg can be fatal.

Mashed potatoes
If you use butter, milk, sour cream, or gravy in your mashed potatoes, then your dog has to turn away. All rich, high fat foods, they can give them diarrhea and upset their digestive system. Remember, food does not settle the same in their stomachs as they do in ours.

If your pet accidentally gets into the trash, a plate of food or eats something off the ground, and shows another of the mentioned symptoms, be sure to call your veterinarian immediately.

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