By Susan Blake Davis, Pet Nutritionist,www.AskAriel.com
It’s the holidays! Lots of family and guests in the house. New food and snacks left on counters and tables. Doors may be left open and candles burning. Pet owners get busy and unfortunately, holiday time becomes PET EMERGENCY time.
Here is what you can do to help keep your pets safe:
1) When opening the door, please ask guests to wait just a moment and check for the whereabouts of your pets
2) Leave out safe, designated treats for guests to give your pets and ask them not to give pets food from the table.
3) Be sure your pet is fed before guests arrive!
4) Keep cats and puppies away from burning candles, holiday wires and lights
Pets can develop pancreatitis or an IBD flareup from eating rich or unusual foods. They can also get sick from candies, sweets and xylitol. So please be extra vigilant about what your pet gets into not just on the holidays but always!
Note: some pets may eat these without an issue….But be careful as these are high risk foods.
Peanut Butter and Other High Allergen Foods–Peanut butter is often a favorite method for administering pills to dogs. Peanut butter may work for some pets but why not play it safe and mix your pet’s pills into a lower fat, reduced allergen choice such as a new flavor of canned food? Peanut butter may seem like a yummy choice but there are horror stories from many pet owners whose dogs were itching, scratching, getting chronic ear infections and hot spots, without realizing it was all due to the peanut butter! Peanut butter is also very high in fat and should not be used with dogs that have liver disease, IBD or pancreatis. If your dog or cat has food or environmental allergies, use AllerEaze and Power Probiotic for fast relief of allergy symptoms.
Commercial Hot Dogs–Hot dogs are highly processed, loaded with salt, chemicals and are high in fat. In addition, most contain nitrates, a known carcinogen which can cause cancer in pets. As an alternative, here are just a few of the brands that make healthy, low carbohydrate treats for pets: Stella and Chewys (crumble freeze dried rabbit or venison dinner patties), Halo Liv-A-Littles, Orijen Tundra, Primal, Instinct, etc. If your pet does get into hot dogs, pastrami or other unhealthy treats, keep Soothing Digestive Relief on hand as it is a must for indigestion, tummy rumbling and gas pains!
Cookie Dough, Cheesy and Other Baked Goods–Pets can get sick very quickly from too much sugar. Most baked goods not only contain sugar but also flour which can be problematic for allergic pets. Some contain raisins which are poisonous. Many pets get urinary tract infections and IBD flareups especially from eating grains, dairy products and starchy carbohydrates. Please avoid giving your pet grains and especially human baked goods that contain sugar or cheese. Many pets get chronic infections (upper respiratory, urinary tract, etc) because pet owners use using cookie dough and cheese to administer pills. Cheese, like peanut butter is high in fat and can also be the culprit with pets that have allergy and digestive symptoms. Supplements you can use to fight ongoing infections: Notatum, Quentans and Pet UTI Prevention Formula
Fat From Meat e.g. Tablescraps–It’s tempting to carve a turkey and give your pet a few of the leftovers sitting on the carving board. Better to put this in the trash and give your pet the lean turkey breast meat. Pancreatitis can occur from a simple incidence of cutting off fat from meat and giving it your pet. Pets thrive on lean meats, fish and poultry. If your pet is prone to pancreatitis, you can still give them a piece of lean meat but use Lypozyme a digestive enzyme specially designed for pets prone to pancreatitis. K9 Digestive Enzymes is an even more effective enzyme product for larger pets helping to break down protein and fats, which is especially important for pets prone to pancreatitis, kidney and liver disease.