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Veterinarians highlight what you can and can’t feed your pet this Christmas

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OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – In the next few days, families will gather around the dinner table to celebrate the holidays.

In addition to extended families, there may be one or two four-legged guests who also expect a plate of food.

However, the vets at BluePearl say that there are certain foods you should avoid for your furry friends.

Lindsey E. Bullen, DVM, Diplomate ACVN, Council on Certified Veterinary Nutrition, says: “Unattended pets run into a number of dangers during the holiday season when everyone is busy spending their time. time for family and friends. Blue Pearl in Cary, NC. “While we want our pets to enjoy a holiday with us, we must be cautious about giving our furry companions certain foods. Candy, cookies, or baked goods that contain grapes, coffee, chocolate, nuts, walnuts, or xylitol, a common sugar substitute used in hundreds of sugar-free candies and cakes, have can be especially dangerous if ingested by pets”.

BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital sees an approximately 372% increase in chocolate-related emergency visits each Christmas Eve.

Veterinarians say you should avoid feeding them the following foods:

  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Fatty bones or meat, which can cause pancreatitis
  • Grape
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Nuts
  • Yeast dough, which can release toxic levels of ethanol in their blood.
  • Food cooked with nutmeg
  • Xylitol.

If you want your pet to enjoy an extra treat during the holidays, there are a few foods you can try out:

  • turkey meat
  • Unseasoned, boneless and smoked salmon
  • Lamb without bones or fat
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Green bean
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Yellow radish
  • Carrot
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet potato
  • Plain, low-fat yogurt (but make sure xylitol isn’t an ingredient.)

“Before giving your pet any human food, be sure to always check with your veterinarian or veterinary nutritionist. Every pet is different so what may be okay for one animal may not be okay for another,” says Dr. “As a general rule, and to reduce the risk of illness, avoid giving your pet Santa’s cookies or candy, which may contain xylitol, a sugar substitute that is highly toxic to dogs. It is important to keep chronically ill or sick pets on their prescribed diets, as any deviation can lead to illness and a trip to the Emergency Room.”

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JACLYN DIAZ

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