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Foods to avoid feeding your pet during the holidays


The holiday season is just around the corner, and for many families, that means a lot of special meals and other tasty treats. While indulging in festive foods might be a key part of holiday merriment for pet owners, it could cause dangerous health issues for our dogs and cats.

To ensure everyone in your household has a happy holiday season, keep these safety tips in mind. The following foods can be toxic or even fatal to your pet and should be kept well out of reach:

Chocolate: This one may be commonly known, but it’s still a danger. Chocolate makes up 10% of toxicity-related claims in December*.

Cooked bones: They can splinter into fragments and become lodged or puncture the stomach.

Xylitol: This is an artificial sweetener found in gum, candy and some baked goods, so be sure to check ingredients.

Grapes and raisins: They make up more than 5% of our toxicity claims in the month of December.*

Raw dough (for baking)

Onions and garlic

Macadamia nuts

Alcohol

Avocados

Have an emergency plan and contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet has ingested any of these items. Give yourself peace of mind this season with a Petsecure plan and ensure your pet can get the very best in veterinary care if they get sick during the holidays.

 

*Based on 2015 statistics

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