It’s not news to any of us that the holiday season certainly presents a whole host of dangers to our pets. From simply feeling fearful of guests in the home to potentially darting out of that constantly open front-door, food related worries are a major concern as well.
5 Holiday Foods that are Poisonous to Pets:
- Dough: Even a small amount of dough can be dangerous. The yeast causes severe abdominal upset, gas, vomiting, and loss of coordination.
- Avocado: Often found on holiday spreads in the form of guacamole, as a salad topping, and more. Avocados contain a toxin that can cause diarrhea and vomiting in pets if they ingest it.
- Grapes/Raisins: The toxin in grapes isn’t known, but it causes severe reaction in our pets, most specifically kidney failure. PetParents should know that the toxin is even more concentrated in raisins, making them more dangerous.
- Alcohol: Even in small doses, alcohol can cause drunken behavior, labored breathing, and even cardiac arrest.
- Chocolate: It’s a no-brainer to nearly every PetParent that chocolate is simply a no-no for pets. Did you know it can cause seizures and heart arrhythmia? Yikes- even more reason for us to keep that stash of chocolate secretly hidden ;).
And remember, food items aren’t the only holiday hazards for pets that should be kept in mind.