Hidden Risks of Holiday Treats for Pets

dogs and cat under blanket on christmas.

Hampton Veterinary Hospital wishes you and your furry family a happy holiday season. With those warm wishes comes some advice, though, to help ensure that your celebrations are happy and safe. Hiddens risks of holiday treats for pets are lurking, but if you know what you are looking for, all will be merry and bright!

Table foods can pose serious risks to the health of dogs and cats, as many human foods contain substances toxic to pets. Common culprits include chocolate, onions, garlic, grapes, raisins, alcohol, caffeine, and xylitol found in sugar-free products. These substances can lead to symptoms ranging from gastrointestinal upset to organ failure, presenting a real danger for dogs and cats. To ensure their well-being, it’s crucial to be aware of and avoid sharing potentially harmful foods with your pets.