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3 Doggy Health Hazards to Avoid During the Holidays

dog-hazardsThe holidays are for making merry, and seeing that pets are a part of our families, that probably means making merry with them, too. Which may mean a few extra treats and table scraps … And while that can seem harmless enough, it really isn’t, says Jesse Vasquez, Milk-Bone’s dog health and wellness advocate.

Every year, countless dogs in the U.S. go to their vets — many suffering from digestive problems and canine pancreatitis — because they’ve eaten things they really shouldn’t. So how can you say “bone appetit” to Fido on Christmas while still keeping your hungry hound happy and healthy? Avoid these dog-gone health hazards!

3 Doggy Health Hazards to Avoid

1. Left out leftovers. Many dogs get sick not from being fed directly but because they climb up on the table and eat huge quantities of food when humans aren’t there.

2. Food no-nos. Don’t give your dog turkey skin, turkey or poultry bones, onions, grapes, raisins, fatty foods, or other holiday items that are harmful or toxic to dogs. (And, remember, not all peanut butter is okay!)

3. Dental damagers. Avoid plastic bones, ice cubes, antlers and bully sticks — all of which can cause painful doggy tooth fractures.

Besides non-dental-damaging toys and doggie-safe treats, how are you celebrating the holidays with your pets? Don’t tell, but we got Siena the coolest new Kansas City Royals collar. I have no doubt she’ll love it.Jenn

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