Christmas day is just around the corner and your dog is going to be exposed to new sights, smells, and foods that happen to fall from human plates.  This time of year, it’s especially important to know the facts about food and table scraps.  Although some human food is safe for animals to eat, much of it isn’t.  Refresh your mind on what your dog can and can’t eat during the holidays.

Meat Products
Although a little meat is okay for your dog to consume, it can be extremely dangerous to allow him to chow on bones from chicken or turkey.  Swallowed bones could puncture the stomach or intestines as well as lead to some unpleasant gastrointestinal problems.

Chocolate
We’ve all heard about how bad chocolate is for dogs, but it important to be reminded every once and a while, especially during the holidays.  Your house will probably be filled with chocolaty, sweet treats that can be toxic for your pet.  Keep these out of reach from dogs at all times, and make sure your guests known not to feed him any sweets.

Onions and Garlic
These are key ingredients in many holiday dishes, but are dangerous for dogs.  Dogs that consume them can be affected by life-threatening anemia.  If you use these, make sure they are far away from your dog’s bowl!

Be Prepared for Begging
Dogs love the smell and taste of people food.  During family gatherings, they are likely to beg even more than usual because there are more people around that they can convince to feed them.  However, you can stop this behavior and prevent your pet from becoming ill.  Follow the easy steps below:

- Keep him away from the table at meal times by confining him to another room or using a baby gate.
- Consider crate training-this is a great way to control your pet so you can enjoy your meal peacefully.
- Use a leash to control your dog, if possible.
- Feed your dog his own food while you are eating to distract him.

It can be hard to resist the temptation to give your dog a tasty human treat during the holidays, but by following the steps above, you will keep your dog healthy and safe.