Foods to be Aware of this Holiday Season

Nov 24, 2020

It is that time of year when the leaves are changing and the air is becoming crisp.
Everything is smelling like pumkin and spice. This is personally my favortie time of the year.
This also means that the hoilday season is here. Thanksgiving is my family’s favoite holiday. I
know that this year it will be celebrated different. A lot more of us will be staying at home and
so will are beloved fur babies. I know that I will be doing a lot more cooking for Thanksgiving
than I have done in the past. It is important that we remember that there are some foods that
can potentially be toxic to our fur babies if consumed while we are cooking for the hoildays.
The following can be dangerous if your pet injests:

 Grapes and Raisins:

Both of these can be harmful to pet if eaten. They both have the potential of
affecting the kidneys and could cause them to fail.

 Oninos, Garlic, and Chives:

I know that I use a lot of these ingredients to cook with at this time of year.
These can affect the red blood cells in animals. They can cause hemolytic
anemia which is where the body attacks and destroys its own blood cells.

 Macademia Nut:

My children love white cholocate macdamia nut cookies. They tend to eat more
at this time of year. I tend to use these in a lot of my baking at the holidays. If
your pet consumes this, clinical signs ususaly start within 12 hours. The clinical
signs include the following: vomiting, diarrhea, high fever and depression.

 Alcohol:

This might seem like a no-brainer that your beloved fur babay shoud not be
consuming alcohol but it happens more than one would think. The following
are signs associated with alcohol consumption: trouble breathing, vomiting,
diarrhea and incordination.

 Chocolate:

This is my favorite ingredient to bake with. Chocolate contains metheobrominies
which can be toxic to dogs. The degree of toxicity depends on the amount and
they type of cholocate eaten. Baking cholocate contains the highest levels.
White chocolate contains the lowest level. Clinical signs of chocolate toxicosis
are : increased thirst and uriantion, restless, hyperactive, vomiting, diarrhea,
mucle twitching, increased heart rate and panting.

 Yeast Dough:

I know that a lot of us will be baking with this at the holidays. It is very important
to not let your fur baby eat raw dough. This dough can exapnd in the stomach.
This can cause the stomach to expand and twist upon itself and cause bloat.
The signs associated with alcohol cosumption can be see with injesting raw
dough as well. The dough releases ethanol which produes the clinical signs.

 Xyitol:

This can be found in a lot of baking goods, candy and gum. It is used as a
sweetner. This can cause insulin to be released in your pet’s body. This release
can casue the blood sugar to decreased and can lead to liver failure. Clinical
signs that can be seen are: vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy and seizures.

I wish all of ya’ll a happy and safe holidy. If your pet conumes any of the above items please
call Hill Crest Animal Hospital immediately. It is also improtant to have handy the number for
ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center 1-888-426-4435.

Dr. Ashlie Hill