As we gather with family and friends over food and games, it is equally important to know what festive food your pets can or cannot eat so that you can include them in your festivities and keep them safe from picking up unwanted food scraps. (Also, click more for our exclusive CNY promo!)
Raw fish is safe for pet consumption, but not with all the artificially sweetened/salted sauces and condiments that come along in your yusheng. Furthermore, raw fish may contain bacteria that can cause food poisoning in both hoomans and pets. Avoid sharing yusheng with your pet.
These delectable slices of barbecued meat are slathered in spices, sugar and salt, and contain a high amount of fat. Like all fat-rich foods, this can cause pancreatic and heart problems. Affected pets may show signs of diarrhoea, vomitting or abdominal pain.
Walnuts and macadamia nuts are good for hooman health. Although not lethal, these nuts will still cause discomfort if your pets consume them. These nuts can upset the stomach and cause distress in the digestive system, and affected pets may develop weakness in their hind legs, tremors and fever.
Snacks with Xylitol
All sugared snacks are a huge no-no for pets. Xylitol is a sweetener found in many sweets and can cause a drop in blood sugar level if your pet consumes it. Pets may suffer a loss of coordination, seizures just within 15-20 minutes of ingestion, and high levels of xylitol can cause liver failure.
Citric fruits are generally nontoxic to pets. However, do keep in mind that mandarin oranges are high in sugar. Consuming too much of it can cause obesity and an upset stomach in your pets. Feed them bits of your own portion instead of giving whole fruits to them.
Loaded with Vitamin C and minerals, raw pineapple is beneficial for your dog in small portions. Treat it as a nutrient-dense snack that can boost your dog's immune system and digestion.
Sunflower seeds are full of Vitamins E, B1 and B5, minerals and protein. This makes a good treat for cats but do peel the seeds and ensure that they are unsalted before giving them to your dog.
Although there are foods that are generally safe for your furkids to consume, always remember that moderation is key. Of course, the best would be feeding CNY-themed food and treats specialised for pets. Click here for our recommendations!
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