For many of us, the holidays can be a cornucopia of delicious foods. There are elaborate dinners full of all different side dishes and carefully prepared main entrees, desserts that include everything from pies to cookies to special cakes, and festive drinks like hot chocolate, eggnog, and mulled wine. It's definitely a very tasty time of the year! Your dog sees it that way too — the only difference is that there are only a few holiday foods your dog is allowed to eat that won't put them in danger, whereas you can probably enjoy most of them.
A Christmas dinner spread might look appetizing to your pup, but you'll want to keep an extra close eye on them to make sure they don't sneak anything they aren't supposed to have. The holidays are full of foods that can make your dog sick or have very serious consequences. Dogs should avoid any food made with nutmeg (so, gingerbread is definitely out), dishes that include a lot of garlic and onions (don't let them near the stuffing), anything made with grapes, raisins, or raw yeast (no fruitcake for them!), sweets made with xylitol (like candy canes), and, of course, any kind of alcohol. And that's not even everything they should be avoiding!
So what can your dog eat during the holiday season if you want to give them a festive treat? There are a few things they should be safe to chow down on, although you'll want to check with your vet if they have any health issues or food allergies.