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Holiday Foods and Pets Don't Mix

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.

Alcoholic beverages 

Apple seeds 

Apricot pits 



Candy & Gum

Cherry pits



Citrus Fruits (stems, leaves, peels, fruits and seeds)

Coconut & Coconut Oils

Coffee, Tea & Caffeine




Macadamia nuts

Milk & Dairy

Moldy foods 

Mushroom plants 

Mustard seeds 

Onions and onion powder 

Peach pits 

Potato leaves and stems (green parts) 


Raw/Undercooked Meat & Eggs

Rhubarb leaves 


Tomato leaves and stems (green parts) 


Xylitol (artificial sweetener that is toxic to pets)

Yeast dough

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

(269) 381-5228

MSU Small Animal Clinic

736 WIlson Rd, East Lansing MI 48824

(517) 353-5420

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center ($65 Consultation Fee)

(888) 426-4435

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