15 Tasty Tips & Tricks to (Safely) Satisfy Your Pet this Holiday Season

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The holiday season is in full swing! You’re probably going to put on a few pounds – so you might as well let your pet indulge in some of the culinary fun. We have compiled a list of 5 foods for your pet to avoid, 5 foods to indulge in and 5 recipes that will make your furbaby wiggle with delight. Enjoy!


5 Foods to Avoid this Holiday Season

  1. Stuffing

The onions and garlic that often make stuffing delicious to humans can damage your pet’s healthy red blood cells and lead to life-threatening anemia.

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  1. Chocolate and Other Candy

Chocolate can cause seizures and death in both dogs and cats. The toxic ingredients are caffeine and theobromine. Dark chocolate is worse than milk or white chocolate. Furthermore, many candies contain Xylitol (an artificial sweetener). When ingested, Xylitol causes a sudden release of insulin in your pet’s body that can lead to extremely low blood sugar. It can also cause liver damage.

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  1. Macadamia Nuts

Can poison dogs. Signs of poisoning include depression, weakness, vomiting, tremors, lack of coordination and joint stiffness.

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  1. Unbaked Bread Dough

If ingested by your pet, the dough can expand in the stomach, twist and cut off the blood supply. The yeast in dough can also produce alcohol and lead to seizures and respiratory failure.

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  1. Fat Trimmings and Bones

Fat trimmed from meat (both cooked and uncooked) can cause pancreatitis. Bones can get lodged in your pet’s throat, splinter and cause damage to the digestive system.

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5 Pet Friendly Indulgences

  1. Turkey

Turkey is a great lean protein for your pet to indulge in. Just go easy on the spices and make sure to avoid the bones!

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  1. Potatoes

Your pet may enjoy potatoes roasted, mashed or baked. Just steer clear of the garlic, cream, onions and butter.

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  1. Apples

Apples are a great snack! They are full of antioxidants and dietary fiber. Just don’t give the core (seeds, stems and leaves) because it contains cyanide (a toxin that can cause dilated pupils, panting, difficulty breathing and shock).

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  1. Green Beans

These delicious vegetables are packed with nutritional goodness. You can’t go wrong here.

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  1. Pumpkin

Before you make your grandma’s famous pumpkin pie, put aside some of that fresh (or canned) superfood for your pet. Pumpkin is great for your furbaby’s digestive and urinary health. Not to mention bowl-lickin’-good!

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5 Easy Howliday Recipes

  1. No Bake Peanut Butter Pumpkin Rolls

Preferred by dogs. Get the recipe.


  1. Tuna Turkey

Preferred by cats. Get the recipe.


  1. Sweet Potato Fries

Preferred by dogs. Get the recipe.  


  1. Pumpkin Barley with Turkey

Preferred by dogs. Get the recipe.


  1. Crunchy Tuna Treats

Preferred by cats. Get the recipe.


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By Bailey Schroeder, ResQwalk Founder + CEO

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