What holiday foods are safe for dogs?

Do you know what holiday foods are safe and which can be harmful to your dog? Here are 5 favorites you can share and 5 you should avoid this season.

With the delicious aroma of holiday cooking in the air, your dog may have a hard time resisting a taste. But know that while some holiday foods offer tremendous health benefits to canines, others are harmful.

5 holiday foods to avoid

Onions can destroy a dog’s red blood cells, which could lead to anemia.

Chocolate contains a toxic agent called theobromine that can make your pup extremely ill and even lead to death.

Grapes can cause kidney failure in dogs.

Macadamia nuts can make your pup ill and are sometimes fatal.

Fat trimmings and cooked bones may be tempting, but increased fat could lead to pancreatitis and cooked bones can splinter, break teeth, and cause a blockage.

5 holiday foods to share

Blueberries contain “anthocyanin,” the pigment that gives them their color. Anthocynanin is known to lower the risk of certain cancers, and aids in urinary tract health, memory function, and healthy aging.

Salmon is rich in Omega-3s, promoting healthy skin, coat, and joints.

Chickpeas are rich in prebiotics, which stimulate the activity of bacteria in the GI system, adding to healthy digestion.

Papaya is rich in vitamin B, helping with cell metabolism, and also contains papain, a digestive enzyme.

Spinach is full of vitamin k, which allows calcium to bind to bones and teeth.