Safe special treats for the Holidays
This is not meant to replace the advice of a Veterinarian, please ask any questions specific to your dog's diet to a trusted medical professional! This post is filled with general information about what is nutritionally safe to use for doggie treats and what common holiday foods should be avoided.
There are quite a few human foods to avoid feeding to your dog but there are some yummy staples of a Christmas dinner that your dog can safely eat in moderation.
Your dog can enjoy small amounts of boneless, skinless white meat. Most other meats are OK for dogs as well as long as there is not a bunch of seasoning or spices in it. Use ham or other processed meat very sparingly as it is high in salt! Ground beef, shredded chicken, salmon are some of my dogs favorites.
A tasty festive treat but make sure you only feed your dog plain mashed or boiled potatoes with nothing else added (e.g. salt, butter). Moderation is important. Potatoes, no matter how they are prepared or cooked are very starchy, which dogs can struggle to digest. Sweet potatoes are also a great option and can easily be baked right in the peel for a delicious treat without added seasoning.
Take it easy with veggies but you can feed your dog some carrot, parsnip, green beans, brussel sprouts, broccoli florets (very small amount only), peas, spinach, cauliflower etc... Most green or mixed veg is fine for dogs. Avoid corn on the cob and bulb vegetables such as onions and leeks.
We like to start Christmas off with a breakfast buffet of sorts that changes from year to year. As a treat you can cook your dog an egg too. Eggs are a great source of protein, vitamins and minerals and are good for our dog’s health. If you are worried about the salmonella risk of feeding raw eggs, cook them. Scrambled is a great way to cook eggs for your dog, but don’t add milk, butter or salt of course.
Can be high in sugar and can also be acidic, which can upset your dog's digestion so give in moderation and remove the pips/stones first. The fruit to avoid is rhubarb. The stalk of the plant and also its leaves are toxic to canines. Some dogs really love blueberries, apple chunks, and bananas.