The holidays are a time to come together with friends and family. And eat. Let's face it. But there are some holiday goodies your pets should never consume. Find out more:
Macadamia nuts -- As few as six raw or roasted macadamia nuts can make a dog seriously ill. Combined with chocolate, like in cookies, they can be fatal.
Persimmons, peaches and plums -- The seeds from persimmons can cause inflammation of the small intestine in dogs. They can also cause intestinal obstruction. Obstruction is also a possibility if a dog eats the pit from a peach or plum. Plus, peach and plum pits contain cyanide, which is poisonous to both humans and dogs.
Grapes and raisins -- Although it isn't clear why, grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs. And just a small amount can make a dog ill. Repeated vomiting is an early sign.
Artificial sweeteners -- Xylitol is a common sugar-substitute used in sugar-free chewing gum, breath mints, candies and baked goods. Itmay cause a life-threatening drop in blood sugar and can cause liver damage to dogs.
Yeast dough -- Yeast dough can rise and cause gas to accumulate in your pet’s digestive system. This can be painful and can cause the stomach or intestines to rupture.
Alcohol -- It may seem like a no-brainer, but don't let Fido drink any of your eggnog this holiday season. Even small amounts of alcohol, especially when ingested by small pets, can cause life-threatening toxicity.
Bones and fat trimmings -- Fat trimmed from meat, both cooked and uncooked, can cause pancreatitis in dogs. And, although it seems natural to give a dog a bone, a dog can choke on it. Bones can also splinter and cause an obstruction or lacerations of your dog's digestive system.
Caffeine -- A substance called methylxanthine found in coffee and some sodas can cause vomiting, diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst, tremors, seizures and even death.
Chocolate -- The darker the chocolate, the larger the amount of theobromine -- a cousin chemical to caffeine -- it contains. Thus, baker’s chocolate, semisweet chocolate, cocoa powder and gourmet dark chocolates are more toxic than milk chocolate.White chocolate has very little theobromine and will not cause poisoning in pets.
Currants -- Like grapes and raisins, these fruits can cause acute kidney failure in dogs and may cause kidney failure in cats and ferrets as well.
Milk and dairy products -- Because pets do not possess significant amounts of lactase (the enzyme that breaks down lactose in milk), milk and other milk-based products cause them diarrhea or other digestive upset.
Onions, garlic and chives -- These vegetables and herbs can cause gastrointestinal irritation and could lead to red blood cell damage. Although cats are more susceptible, dogs are also at risk if a large enough amount is consumed.