Holiday Treats for Pets

Happy Holidays! Many of us are looking forward to enjoying some special seasonal foods at this time of year. Pets also love yummy snacks! In this article, a London, ON vet lists some safe holiday treats for pets.


Plain, cooked meat, turkey, fish, or chicken without the skin, bones, or fat is always a good option for Fido. Dogs can also have deli meat, homemade jerky; and sodium-free broth. Small portions of fatty treats, like bacon, sausage, and cheese, are okay, but don’t go overboard with these rich foods.


Some kitties are very finicky, while others will steal your pizza if you leave it unattended. Fluffy can have plain, boneless canned tuna, chicken, shrimp, or crabmeat in water. Cow’s milk isn’t good for cats, despite popular opinion, but they can have some cat milk. Like dogs, kitties can also have shredded deli meat, sodium-free broth, or cooked, boneless unseasoned, meat, fish, or poultry.

Pocket Pets

Cooked turkey or egg, dog biscuits, and cheese make good snacks for hamsters. Rabbits, hamsters, gerbils, and Guinea pigs can have small amounts of apple, papaya, peach, banana, cranberries, pineapple, oranges, raspberries, pear, cantaloupe, cherries, clover, mango, blueberries, melon, pumpkin, and strawberries. Just make sure that the seeds, pits, or pips have been removed.


Chinchillas can have rose hips, dandelion leaves, or hibiscus leaves, while hedgehogs may like cooked eggs, chicken, or turkey; moist dog or cat treats; mealworms; or crickets. Ferrets can have small portions of meat, eggs, or carb-free baby food. If you have a sugar glider, mealworms and applesauce are both good bets. Ask your vet for more information.


Natural peanut butter on crackers is a great treat for birds. Polly may also enjoy a yogurt-dipped strawberry, apple slices, popcorn, fruit, cooked beans, or pasta.


Snakes aren’t big on treats. However, many lizards like waxworms, mealworms, or earthworms. Iguanas can have fruit, such as apples, bananas, or strawberries.


Our animal friends all have unique nutritional needs, so ask your vet for specific advice on safe and unsafe foods. That said, there are some things that should be off-limits for all of them. Garlic, onions, raw tomatoes or potatoes (especially the leaves), avocados, alcohol, chocolate, and anything containing xylitol should never be on the menu.

Happy Holidays! Please contact us, your local London, ON vet clinic, anytime. We are always happy to help!

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