Holiday Foods That Are Safe for Dogs

Happy Holidays! It’s always great to take some time with friends and family members at this time of year, and enjoy some of those delicious holiday meals. Of course, Fido is part of the family, too, and will definitely be paying close attention as those delicious seasonal dishes come out of the oven. While Man’s Best Friend may be willing to sample, well, pretty much anything and everything, you’ll need to be very careful with what you give your dog. In this article, All About Animals lists some foods that are safe for your beloved pooch.

Plain Meat and Fish

You can give Fido cooked, unseasoned meat or fish, as long as the fat and bones have been removed. Chicken, turkey, steak, salmon, and beef are a few suitable choices. While small amounts of pork and liver are fine, you don’t want to overdo it with these meats. Also, it’s worth repeating that you should never give your dog bones, especially cooked ones, as they are brittle and can break off into dangerous shards that can seriously hurt your canine pal.

Sweet Potatoes

Did you know that sweet potatoes are actually safe, and even healthy, for dogs? Just be sure to give Fido only plain, cooked potatoes that haven’t been topped with nuts, butter, or other extras.

Certain Veggies

Cooked beans, peas, and carrots are all safe and suitable for Fido. As always, just be sure to give your pet plain foods. Avoid feeding him anything that has been cooked with spices, especially garlic and onion.

Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is also safe for our canine friends. Put a little on a doggy biscuit for a special snack. You can also make Fido some homemade peanut-butter doggy snacks. Look online for some great recipe options.


Sodium-free chicken or beef broth is another healthy treat for dogs. Just be sure to check the ingredients: never give Fido anything that contains MSG or more than a trace amount of sodium.

Dangerous Foods

Chocolate; caffeine; raw dough; macadamia nuts; grapes, currants, and raisins; and anything that contains xylitol are all toxic to Fido. You’ll also want avoid giving your pooch anything that contains garlic, onion, or chives. Ask your vet for more information.

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