Raleigh Vet Recommendations for Holiday Food Safety!

Raleigh vet recommendationsYesterday we shared some great Raleigh vet recommendations for holiday decoration safety. Today we’re staying on the topic of holiday safety and touching on some Raleigh vet recommendations for holiday food safety to ensure that your family pets stay out of our waiting room this season!

Raleigh Vet Recommendations for Holiday Food Safety

It’s tempting to share delicious holiday foods with our furry family members, but it’s important for their health this holiday season that you keep a close eye on what goes in your pet’s mouth. While they may be delicious, human holiday foods and snacks pose a number of serious health risks to your pet. Let’s take a look at some of the more dangerous things that will adorn your countertops in the coming weeks…


In many homes during the holidays, it’s not uncommon to find a basket of mixed nuts along with a nutcracker. While these may be a healthy, tasty treat for human guests, nuts pose a number of serious risks to our furry friends including:

  • Toxicity – a number of popular nut varieties are toxic to our pets including (but not limited to) macadamia nuts, walnuts, pecans, and pistachio nuts.
  • Nuts have a high fat content and can be problematic for pets digestive systems.
  • The high fat content of nuts also commonly causes diarrhea, stomach ache, and pancreatitis in pets.
  • Nuts have also commonly been the culprit of throat and intestinal tract obstructions.


Most pet owners know that chocolate causes real problems for dogs and cats, but it can be easy to forget when so many of our holiday food and snacks incorporate chocolate. Make sure to be especially vigilant over the holidays and keep any foods or snacks containing chocolate out of your pet’s reach and remind family members that chocolate is toxic to your furry family members!

Xylitol-Containing Products

One of our Raleigh vet recommendations for holiday food safety that might be new to you is to watch out for any foods or snacks that contain xylitol. Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that is often used as a sugar substitute. Xylitol has a number of very unpleasant side effects to your pet and can be deadly, so pay attention to the foods and snacks that you are keeping in your home this season. Some of the foods that most commonly include xylitol are chewing gum, fruit drinks, some peanut butter varieties, sugar-free mints or candy, jellies and jams, baked goods, sugar-free jello, and sugar-free pudding.


Another of our Raleigh vet recommendations that many pet parents should be aware of by now is the danger of feeding bones. Whether you willingly offer leftover bones from your meal to your pet or whether you don’t dispose of them properly and your pet noses through the trash, bones are dangerous! Cooked bones easily splinter, can quickly get lodged in the throat or digestive tract, sharp bone pieces can perforate the intestines…So always be sure to put those bones in the trash and take that trash bag out to the trash can in the yard immediately!


At one time it was seen as “fine” to feed pets fatty trimmings from holiday meals, in fact, many pet parents felt that they were giving their pets a delicious treat. While those fatty trimmings may smell and taste delicious to your pet, they are not a treat and they are certainly not something you should be offering them. In the very least, these fatty trimmings can cause diarrhea and stomach ache, in the worst case scenario they can lead to pancreatitis, or even lead to death!


Many of our holiday meal staples include onions, but onions can be fatal to our pets so it’s crucial that you keep these foods out of your pet’s reach and do not give them any leftovers or scraps. You should also be wary when preparing dishes with onion, that none of your onion falls to the floor while chopping because we all know that once it falls on the floor, it’s fair game for our pets to put in their mouth!

Table Scraps

Table scraps can hold many of the foods and ingredients listed above, but they are also high in calories, high in sugars, and high in fats. Avoid upsetting your pet’s digestive tract and potentially putting them into animal urgent care by limiting their food and snacks to foods intended for pets only!

Looking for More Raleigh Vet Recommendations to Keep Your Pet Healthy?

If you’re looking for more Raleigh vet recommendations to keep your pet healthy, no matter what your concern, Leesville Animal Hospital can help! Just give us a call at (919)870-7000 and make an appointment with one of our three incredible veterinarians!

Reference: Henry Schein Animal Health

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