Holiday Foods That Are Safe for Dogs

Happy Holidays! Are you finished with your preparations yet? Your dog will definitely be watching closely as you start putting those delicious dishes on the table. It’s fine to give your pup a special treat, but be careful what you offer him. Not all people foods are safe for dogs. Here, a Cameron Park, CA vet lists some holiday foods that Fido can eat.

Meat, Fish, And Poultry

You can share some of your main course with your pet. Just make sure to only give him cooked, boneless meat, chicken, or fish with the skin and fat removed. Hold the toppings and seasonings: they really aren’t safe for dogs. You may also have noticed that Man’s Best Friend is particularly fond of fatty meats, like bacon, sausage, and pepperoni. While it’s okay to give Fido a small amount of these foods as a special treat, don’t go overboard with them.


Sodium-free broth is a great snack for your pooch! Give Fido a bowl of beef, fish, or chicken broth.

Certain Fruits & Veggies

Many fruits and veggies are safe for dogs. Bananas are fine, and work great in many doggy treat recipes. Your pooch may also enjoy pureed pumpkin or sweet potato, or blueberries or strawberries. Cooked carrots, peas, beans, and spinach are fine as well.

Specific Dairy Products

While you don’t want to give your pooch too much cheese, he can have a little now and then. Eggs are also safe. Don’t give Fido any milk or butter, though: they really aren’t good for dogs.

Unsafe Foods

Never give Fido garlic, onions, scallions, or chives. This is particularly concerning around the holidays, as these things are often used as seasonings. Some more unsafe foods include chocolate; caffeine; nuts; grapes, currants, and raisins; pitted fruits, especially avocado; alcohol; and anything that contains xylitol. Meat on the bone is also on the no-no list, as are raw meat, dough, and yeast. Ask your vet for more information. Keep in mind that human food should only be served as a treat, and should never comprise more than 10 percent of your dog’s diet, at the very most. Ask your vet for more information.

All of us here at Vet Healing Center El Dorado, your Cameron Park, CA pet hospital, want to wish you a wonderful holiday season. Please feel free to contact us anytime.

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