Updated: Nov 21, 2018
Everyone knows that the best part of the holiday season is the food. We indulge in our favorite seasonal dishes, traditional family recipes, treats that we only make once a year. It's easy to want to share in the joy with our pets but that could cost you a hefty vet bill, and possibly your pet's life!
Avoid a holiday emergency by sticking to regular pet food and water! Your pet will love you just as much, so stay strong and do NOT make eye contact with anything cute or furry while you're eating your favorite holiday snacks.
Candy & Gum
Citrus Fruits (stems, leaves, peels, fruits and seeds)
Coconut & Coconut Oils
Coffee, Tea & Caffeine
Milk & Dairy
Onions and onion powder
Potato leaves and stems (green parts)
Raw/Undercooked Meat & Eggs
Tomato leaves and stems (green parts)
Xylitol (artificial sweetener that is toxic to pets)
This is not an all-inclusive list but does cover a lot of the more common foods that cats and dogs (and other furry house pets) should avoid. The foods on this list can cause mild symptoms to a full-on veterinary emergency in cats, dogs and other furry friends.
In the event of a veterinary emergency over the holidays, your regular veterinarian is likely going to be closed! Some area vet clinics do have an emergency service, so make sure you call your regular vet first. If your regular vet clinic is closed, contact one of these 24/7 emergency services, but beware! Emergency services generally come at a higher cost.
Skip the risk of emergency by keep your pet's regular diet the same as any other time of year.
VCA Southwest Michigan Animal Emergency and Referral Center
104 W Cork St, Kalamazoo MI 49001
MSU Small Animal Clinic
736 WIlson Rd, East Lansing MI 48824
ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center ($65 Consultation Fee)