Holiday Treats for Pets

Happy Holidays! Food is a big part of the agenda for many upcoming events. Those delicious seasonal dishes are a big part of many holiday traditions. There’s no reason your four-legged pal can’t have a special treat. Just be careful what you offer your pet! Here, a Temecula, CA vet discusses holiday treats for pets.

Main Course

You furry pal can have some of that delicious turkey. Other types of poultry, such as chicken, goose, and duck, are fine as well. Just make sure to remove the skin, bones, and fat.


Many of our feline friends absolutely love fish! Most kinds of fish are safe for Fluffy. If you are having cod, flounder, salmon, whitefish, tilapia, haddock, mackerel, or tuna, you can share some with your furball. Shrimp, crab, and lobster are fine as well. (Fido can have some too!)


Most red meats, such as steak, hamburger, and beef, are fine for your furry companion. Fluffy and Fido can also have some shredded deli meat. However, some types of meats should only be fed rarely, and in very small amounts. Ham falls into this category, as do organ meats, like liver and kidney. Fatty meats, like bacon and sausage, should also be limited.


Eggnog isn’t really a good option for pets, though you can give your furry buddy some sodium-free beef, fish, chicken, or turkey broth. Cat milk is another good option for Fluffy. You can find it in most pet stores.

Fruits and Veggies

Fluffy and Fido are both carnivores, so meat should make up the bulk of their diets. However, they can have some safe fruits and veggies, such as sweet potato, corn, peas, carrots, beans, spinach, zucchini, and pumpkin. Watermelon, apple slices, and blueberries are also safe.

Unsafe Foods

Not all people foods are safe for pets. Never give your four-legged buddy anything that contains garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; chocolate; caffeine; alcohol; nuts; grapes, currants, or raisins; pitted fruits; or xylitol. Meat on the bone is also very dangerous, as the bones can splinter into sharp shards. Raw meat, dough, and yeast are also off the menu. Also, be sure to only offer your dog or cat plain foods, without toppings or gravy. Ask your vet for more information on safe and unsafe foods.

Happy Holidays! Please contact us, your Temecula, CA vet clinic, anytime. We’re happy to help!