Christmas Dinner Dishes Which Could Harm and Poison Your Pets

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Even though Thanksgiving dinner is already a long gone memory, the Christmas version is something you should look forward to. As of today, you may be already planning of what to whip up: like Thanksgiving, this phase takes a lot of brainpower and deliberation: you would want to make it as festive, cheerful and filling as possible. If you’re already making a list, you should make the interests furry feline friend or canine companion a priority, since pet poisoning during the holidays isn’t rare. Some pet owners may feel the need to treat their pets and let them eat what’s on the table, and most of the time, this leads to unwanted complications.

So, if you don’t want to drive to the plantation animal clinic during Christmas day, here are examples of Christmas dishes you should never give to your pet:

Turkey Skin and Bones

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This poultry bird is a mainstay in Thanksgiving and Christmas, and is almost prepared identically. As one of the healthiest and most delicious meats, turkey should be a mainstay in dinner tables, not only during the holidays. Although pets can enjoy the juicy and skinless white meat, giving them portions with skin and bones in excess can cause pancreatitis and are a choking hazard respectively. The same can be said to chicken skin and bones, though they can eat the meat with gusto (just not in excessive amounts).

Christmas Ham

Cat Stealing Ham

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The holiday would not be complete without Christmas ham, especially the sweetened version. This candied meat is one of the best tasting (and a pretty expensive one at that) dishes money can buy, and for good measure: it takes a lot of time to make and perfect. Like most great-tasting dishes, it is generally unhealthy, and will certainly cause health problems if eaten regularly. If you think it’s torture to not let your pet enjoy a slice, you’re wrong. Ham is too fatty and salty for cats and dogs, and could cause kidney and pancreas problems to those with delicate body systems.

Gravy, regardless if plant or animal based

This sauce is a joy to have on dinner tables: with its mild to strong flavor and salty taste, it makes a great sauce for just about anything: from meat to vegetables. However, this thick brownish liquid could prove to be too fatty and salty to Fido and Kitty. Remember, pets can eat their turkey meat voraciously even with the absence of gravy, along with other sauces.

Meat stuffing

Roasted turkey, pork, chicken and duck are stuffed with herbs, spices, dried fruits, potatoes, other meat and just about anything that can make it taste great. Although this is one of the most flavorful items on the dinner table, it can actually be dangerous to pets. You see, stuffing is mostly filled with onions and other spices, which may cause stomach upset and even kidney and liver problems in both cats and dogs. Bulb vegetables like leeks, shallots and chives can do the same as well.

Raisins, fruitcakes, nuts and human desserts

Cat eating dessert

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Christmas desserts are insanely sweet. Ice cream, dairy-based products, stuffed pies, cakes, and other pastries are a must in these events. You can even make some with artificial sweeteners, like Xylitol. However, keep in mind that your fruitcake or stuffed mince pies and ice creams can cause a lot of problems to pets, like diarrhea and kidney problems. Raisins are the most dangerous; if your pet cat ate this, it will meow in pain non-stop. it is a potential life-threatening ordeal Dairy products are indigestible and may cause stomach upset, while nuts are toxic and due to their hard nature, may prove to be a challenge in the digestion phase. Xylitol is also toxic, so be sure to use brown or refined sugar instead.

Overall, it is best to treat your pets simple treats, pumpkin cookies and unsalted meat. Don’t feed them with the above mentioned items and you will surely have a merry Christmas!

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