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Holiday People Food: What's Safe - and What's Not - For Your Dog

Holiday people food: What's safe for our pets and what's not

As the holiday season rolls around and people start to dig out those cherished recipes they wait all year to make, some pet owners might think it's okay to indulge their dog or cat with a home-cooked, people-appropriate treat, especially if it only happens once or twice a year. The reality, though, is that a lot of people food actually isn't healthy for animal consumption. In fact, if your pet is exhibiting a loss of appetite, lethargy or weakness, or vomiting and/or or diarrhea, it's possible they may have eaten something they weren't meant to, and a trip to your vet should be your first course of action.

Avoiding a trip to the vet for food-related issues this season is as easy as knowing what you can and can't feed your pet. Some of the most common seasonal food items that pet owners can feed their pets as well as the ones should keep away from their furry friends include:

What to do in an emergency

If you suspect your pet has gotten into something harmful, or they are showing signs of illness, including vomiting, loss of appetite or excessive water intake, contact your veterinarian as soon as possible. If your veterinarian's office is closed for the holidays, call an emergency veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435 (be advised, there is a charge for this call. Please ask for the cost before proceeding).