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Holiday Foods Not Okay for Dogs: A Guide to Keep Your Furry Friends Safe

Holiday Foods Not Okay for Dogs: A Guide to Keep Your Furry Friends Safe

The holiday season is a time of joy, family gatherings, and indulgent feasts. We understand a lot of time is spent in the kitchen during this time of the year, and our friendly canines love to occasionally sneak into this area of the home to explore all the wonderful smelling food. 

To keep your furry friend safe this season, Mallick Plumbing & Heating has put together a list of food items in your kitchen that you should be mindful of to keep your canines safe and healthy: 

1. Chocolate

Chocolate is a well-known hazard for pets, especially dogs. It contains theobromine and caffeine, which can be toxic to animals. Dark chocolate, baking chocolate, and cocoa powder have higher concentrations of these substances. Ensure that all chocolatey treats are kept well out of reach of curious paws.

2. Xylitol

Xylitol, a sugar substitute found in many sugar-free foods and candies, is highly toxic to dogs.

3. Grapes and Raisins

Grapes and raisins, although a delicious and healthy snack for humans, can be harmful to pets. Keep fruit bowls and dishes containing grapes or raisins away from pets' access.

4. Onions and Garlic

Onions and garlic, often found in holiday dishes, can upset your dog's stomach along with other series effects. Avoid sharing meals seasoned with onions or garlic with your pets.

5. Fatty Foods and Bones

Rich, fatty foods like turkey skin, ham, or gravy can be problematic. Additionally, cooked bones, especially from poultry or fish, can splinter. Refrain from giving table scraps or bones to your pets, no matter how much they may beg for them.

6. Alcohol

Alcohol, including eggnog, cocktails, or unbaked dough that contains yeast, should be kept away from pets. Even small amounts of alcohol can be harmful.

While the holidays are a time for celebration and sharing, it's crucial to prioritize your pets' safety by being mindful of the foods they should avoid. Always keep potentially harmful foods out of reach and educate family and guests about the dangers of feeding these items to pets. If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, contact your veterinarian or an emergency animal clinic immediately.

At Mallick Plumbing & Heating, we value the well-being of your pets. We hope this guide helps you ensure a safe and joyful holiday season for both your family and your furry companions.

Call us Today with any Kitchen Plumbing issues you encounter during the Holidays at (301) 804-6759.