What To Do When Dogs Eat Holiday Treats

This holiday season, while visions of sugar-plums dance in your head, they’re probably also dancing in your pet’s head! Unfortunately, the same treats that we enjoy every holiday can pose a threat to your dog’s health. Whether your pup sneaks a piece of your holiday feast off of the table, or they have an upset tummy from eating tinsel or other decorations, these holistic remedies can help get your pup back to good health in no time.

Toxic Foods for Pets

Certain goodies we may see in a holiday meal can be toxic to dogs, such as:

  • Chocolate
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Cooked bones or fatty trimmings from holiday hams or turkeys
  • Excessive amounts of garlic

If your dog eats any of the above, they may experience vomiting, diarrhea, or more serious reactions. Additionally, even if your dog overindulges on safe foods, like pumpkin or sweet potatoes, they still may get a tummy ache (just like people!). If your dog has eaten anything toxic or overindulged in their favorite treats, it is important to act within the first hour. If your dog is exhibiting a serious reaction or losing consciousness, you will need to see a vet ASAP.

What If My Pet Eats Holiday Treats?

Step 1: Fast

Not only should you act fast, but you should also not feed your pet anything else until their stomach settles. Take away all food and give your pet some time without eating any more food or treats, to let their stomach settle. If they’re still not feeling well, try a holistic remedy.

Step 2: Try a natural remedy

Holistic remedies can be safer solutions than over the counter stomach medications. For example, Nux Vomica can be used for pets who have overindulged. Arsenicum album can help with food poisoning, which includes poisoning caused by chocolate or other forbidden foods. These supplements can be found at most health food stores and holistic pet shops and are easily dissolved in water. (Remember: treats like chocolate are toxic to dogs. If your dog has consumed large amounts of chocolate, please see your holistic veterinarian.)

Additionally, CBD oil can help relieve inflammation caused by a reaction to toxic foods. CBD can be absorbed through the gums and can help restore equilibrium to your pet.

Step 3: Re-introduce mild, bland food

You pup’s tummy will likely be a bit sensitive for the next few days. After all, if you had food poisoning your first meal afterward wouldn’t be a large spicy burrito! I recommend V-Dog for sensitive tummies and lots of water and rest.

You can also help soothe your dog’s tummy with a bland broth recipe. Place a few pieces of chicken in about 5 cups of water and bring it to a boil. Simmer the broth for about two hours. Strain the broth into a bowl and feed your dog a few tablespoons once it has cooled. This can help soothe an upset tummy without medications.



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