Can anyone really say no to those eyes?


Well, it’s time to muster up your animal-guardian courage because the holidays are right around the corner. Make sure you know which ingredients lurking in your fave holiday dishes are dangerous to doggies. OK, OK! We feel the struggle of puppy dog eyes and wanting to include our furry family members in on everything. But many ingredients commonly used in holiday dinners just won’t do pups any favors. Since each holiday recipe could be super-different from another recipe for the same dish, it’s best not to feed dogs any prepared dishes and to steer clear of these foods and ingredients, which are plain old bad for them:



This has the same effect on dogs’ livers and brains as on humans’, but it doesn’t take as much to cause serious damage and can even lead to breathing issues, tremors, comas, and death. Sorry not sorry—no beer or rum cake for Fido!



Tiramisu? Coffee cake? These yummy desserts (and anything else that includes coffee, tea, or chocolate) have caffeine, which can actually be fatal to dogs.


XYLITOL. That’s something that you should definitely be aware of. It’s a common sweetener that can actually lead to liver failure in dogs, so keep sweets of all kinds away from your pup. Note: Some peanut butter brands are adding xylitol to sweeten things up, so be extra careful.



Sweetboy Candy 

This one is a double whammy. Chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine, which can be extremely poisonous to dogs and may even cause seizures and death, so lock up your chocolate where Fido can’t get it.

Ham and Bacon

If anybody at the table tries to sneak a scrap of ham or bacon to your dog, put a quick stop to it. Pork can cause pancreatitis, a potentially life-threatening disease, in dogs.  

Dairy Foods


Milk, cream, cheese, and butter are awful both for humans and dogs. They can cause diarrhea and other uncomfortable conditions as well as allergic reactions in dogs, so keep it dairy-free this holiday season.



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Loaded with fat, sugar, milk, raw eggs, and alcohol, this bad boy is a quintuple whammy. Keep your dogs safe—don’t let them touch the stuff. 

Garlic, Onions, and Chives

These savory spices can be found in just about anything, from mashed potatoes to stuffing. But whether fresh, cooked, or powdered (or in any other form), they can damage blood cells and cause anemia in dogs—so don’t risk it. It’s never worth it.



In large amounts, this spice can be toxic, causing hallucinations, stomach pain, and even seizures. Other spices can be dangerous, too, so it’s best just to lay off the table scraps.

 Raisins and Grapes


Even small amounts of these fruits can cause rapid kidney failure in some dogs. So stay AWAY from the fruitcake, Fido. 


Nuts are super-fatty and may even contain other toxins that can cause upset tummies or other serious health complications. Even small amounts of macadamia nuts can be especially toxic to your furry little one, causing vomiting, tremors, paralysis, rapid heartbeat, and other complications. 



For both humans and dogs, eating too much salt can cause excessive thirst and urination, among other issues. If you know your dogs have underlying kidney or cardiovascular conditions, keep salt far, far away, and even if they don’t have these problems, limit their intake. 


holiday breakfast, pancake in a mug, oreo, peppermint, christmas, easy, quick recipe

Pies, cakes, and holiday cookies are basically all sugar, which can give your pup cavities and cause obesity and even diabetes. It’s also bad for dogs with arthritis.

iggy with latkes

OK, so back to the puppy eyes. What CAN you feed your furriest family member?

Safe foods include:  

  • Cooked sweet potatoes
  • Baked potatoes
  • Pumpkin purée
  • Cucumbers
  • Carrots (steamed or raw)
  • Steamed green beans or greens
  • Unsweetened cranberries
  • Bananas
  • Apples

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