We often have a good ham or turkey and dressing as the main entrée.
Ham and other pork products can cause pancreatitis, upset stomach, vomiting and diarrhea. Ham also tends to be high in fat which can help lead to obesity in pets.
Many of us look forward to turkey and dressing or stuffing. Because the dressing or stuffing often has onions, scallions or garlic in the ingredients it can be toxic to our pets which can lead to a life threatening anemia. The turkey bones can cause severe indigestion problems in dogs and cats. Problems including vomiting and obstructing the bowel. Turkey bones may also splinter and cause damage to the inside of the pets stomach and intestines.
Mashed potatoes surprisingly are safe for pets to eat. However the butter and milk in the potatoes may cause diarrhea in pets that may have a lactose intolerance. If you include onion powder or garlic in your mashed potato recipe then they may be toxic to pets
Many salads served at the holidays will have raisins or grapes as ingredients. Fruit salad, waldorf salad and ambrosia are all examples of salads that may have grapes or raisins. Grapes and raisins are very toxic and potentially deadly and can cause severe, irreversible and sometimes fatal kidney failure in dogs.
Even desserts hide dangers for our pets. Chocolate pie one of the all time favorites is toxic to dogs and cats.
If your pets do ingest any of the foods on the list be sure to call your veterinarian at once. Early action may prevent more costly and serious complications from developing.!