OKLAHOMA CITY – When it comes to family gatherings during the holidays, you may want to give your four-legged family members a few extra treats too.
However, experts say that some foods can be toxic to dogs.
Veterinarians from Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners released a list of foods that can be used as treats instead of others.
Turkey legs vs. cooked pieces of turkey breast: It may be tempting, but the bone in a turkey leg can be extremely harmful to your pet. Instead, cut a few small pieces of turkey breast without the skin or seasoning for your dog.
Pumpkin pie vs fresh pumpkin: Pumpkin pie is high in sugar and fat, which can be bad for Fido as well. Plain pumpkin is healthy for dogs’ digestive tracts. You can freeze 100% unsweetened pumpkin puree in an ice cube tray for a frosty snack.
Candies and desserts vs fresh apple slices: Chocolate and xylitol, an ingredient in many sugar-free candies and desserts, are highly toxic to dogs. Also, the high level of sugar in sweets is unhealthy for dogs. The best alternative is an apple without the seeds. You can also substitute other fruits like pears, bananas and melons, but avoid feeding them grapes, fruit seeds or pits and rhubarb.
Sweet potato casserole vs. fresh sweet potato: The fat and sugar from the casserole can make your dog sick, but set aside some plain, cooked sweet potato slices for your dog.
Green bean casserole vs. plain green beans: Green bean casserole is filled with ingredients that are bad for dogs like onions, garlic and mushrooms. As an alternative, give your dog some raw green beans as a crunchy snack.
Ice cream vs. frozen plain yogurt: Sugar and cream make ice cream hazardous for dogs, but put some plain, unsweetened yogurt in the freezer for a dog treat. You can also mix it with fresh seedless berries or a dollop of pumpkin puree.