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The holidays are a time to celebrate with family, friends and lots of delicious food. Some of the ingredients in your favorite holiday meals are safe for dogs to eat, but others pose a threat.
Whether you’re wondering “Can dogs eat turkey?” or “Are cranberries bad for dogs?” our experts have you covered. They explain exactly which human foods your dog can eat and how to feed them to him.
Many seasonings, spices and other ingredients we add to dishes to add flavor aren’t good for dogs. Onions are bad for dogs, and so is garlic, salt and pepper.
If you plan to share any of the below dog-safe holiday ingredients, make sure they’re plain and unseasoned. It may sound boring to you, but it will be just as tasty for your pooch.
There are a couple other holiday foods to avoid besides seasonings and spices. One of the most popular is the honey baked ham. If you’ve wondered “Can dogs eat ham?”, the answer is no. Deli hams contain a lot of salt and most baked hams are full of sugar, neither of which is good for dogs.
You also want to keep raisins and any baked goods containing them out of reach. Items containing xylitol, an artificial sweetener, are toxic. Read all your food and medication labels and keep those items put away.
Although dogs can’t have onions and the other items mentioned above, there are plenty of holiday foods they can eat.
Although dogs can eat the above human foods, remember treats of any kind (people food or regular dog treats) should only make up 10 percent of their daily caloric intake. The other 90 percent should come from a complete and balanced dog food.
Don’t overwhelm your dog with a bunch of new foods, either. Even though foods like turkey and carrots are safe, too many new things at once could result in an upset stomach.
If your dog loves getting holiday ingredients like carrots and sweet potatoes as a treat, try feeding him a dog food that incorporates some of his favorite flavors into his everyday diet. Explore all our dry dog food products to find one your pup will love.