You're throwing a Christmas party and you don't want your pet to miss out on all the fun and especially the food. We know how you feel, but as responsible pet owners, it is important to remember that some foods that are delicious to us, may be dangerous to our companions.
This is the Christmas Goodies for the Inner Foodie - Pets Edition! Read on for some suggestions and alternatives to some of our favourite holiday foods that will be equally tasty to your dog or cat!
There's going to be a lot of fatty and tempting food for your pet. Gravy, sausages, bacon and turkey skin are fatty and too much of them can cause pancreatitis in dogs.
Avoid giving your pet these foods and opt for low-fat cooked meat instead such as skinless turkey breast or salmon (which is high in healthy omega-3 fats).
Vegetables are excellent, healthy food choices so long as you rinse off the gravy and excess oil if you're giving your pet leftovers.
Brussel sprouts, peas, carrots, butternut squash and parsnips are safe for dogs to eat. Potatoes can also be given either boiled, baked or mashed with nothing else added.
If you want to give your pet a little treat, mix the mashed potato with some low-fat yoghurt.
While a tiny amount of cranberry sauce is okay for your pet, do take note that the sauce usually contains a high amount of sugar which is not good. Raisins, grapes and sultanas, commonly found in Christmas puddings and mince pies, are also toxic to pets and should be avoided.
Give your pet small amounts of blueberries and dried cranberries instead. Apple slices are common treats as well but make sure to remove the apple seeds beforehand.
Ricotta Cheese and Yoghurt
Most dogs are lactose intolerant so it is not safe to feed your pet any food containing dairy. However, ricotta cheese and low-fat yoghurt are low in lactose and provides calcium, phosphorous and protein. Swap them with cheese and whipped/sour cream. The probiotics in yoghurt can even be beneficial to your pet's digestive system.
Although these foods are safe for your pet, do exercise caution and give only small amounts. Consider it as giving your pet a treat rather than a full Christmas meal. If you want your pet to truly enjoy Christmas, give them treats or toys that are perfectly designed for them. Click here for Christmas gift ideas for pets.
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