Happy Holidays! It’s probably safe to say that the majority of our patients will be getting some extra toys and treats this month. Pets are part of the family, and they also deserve to enjoy something extra special. However, you’ll want to be cautious when choosing treats: many things are unsafe for our animal companions. A local Crown Point, IN vet lists some holiday treats for pets in this article.
Fido’s diet should be based mostly on meat. You can offer most types of plain, boneless meat, fish, or poultry. Your pup can also have shredded deli meat. You do want to limit organ meat, such as liver and kidney. It’s fine in small doses, but too much can cause Vitamin A toxicity. Fatty meats, like bacon, sausage, and pepperoni, should also only be offered sparingly.
Fluffy’s diet is very similar to Fido’s in this regard. Your kitty may also enjoy canned tuna, salmon, or shrimp. Store-bought treats are fine as well, though it may take some experimenting to find something Fluffy actually likes.
Smaller animals, such as bunnies, gerbils, hamsters, and Guinea pigs often enjoy nibbling on fresh herbs. Many of these guys also enjoy the occasional bit of fruit. Bunnies, for instance, love strawberries. Just be careful not to overindulge that sweet tooth!
Polly can have a variety of different snacks, such as plain popcorn, uncooked pasta, sprouts, carrots, and certain fruits and veggies. Some avian dietary recommendations vary between species, so ask your vet for advice.
Reptiles And Exotics
Many different animals fall under the general umbrella of ‘exotic.’ When it comes to less popular animals, such as hedgehogs, sugar gliders, and chinchillas, stick with their recommended diet and treats. A sugar glider may like applesauce, while a hedgehog may prefer chicken. Things like waxworms and mealworms make good snacks for many lizards. Ask your vet for advice.
While every pet is different, there are a few things that are unsafe for most if not all of them. That includes things like chocolate, avocado, garlic and onions, and products that contain xylitol. Grapes and raisins are also very dangerous for dogs and cats. Meat on the bone is also unsafe, as are processed foods and anything high in salt, sugar, or fat. Ask your vet for specific advice on snacks and treats, and never give your pet anything without researching it first.
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