Your favorite family member might be begging for table scraps this season, but that doesn't mean you have to give into his doleful puppy wiles. In fact, sharing your turkey dinner leftovers or fat-ladened bones with man's best friend can lead to much more harm than good.
"Dogs can't digest fat as people know it," said Mark Armour, owner of Dorchester-South Boston-based The Pooped Pooch. "So that extra chicken or turkey skin or fat from rib eye can lead to emergency rooms filled with dogs with pancreatitis."
Raisins, macadamia nuts, chocolate, chewing gum — common holiday ingredients and novelties top the list of what not to feed your pooch, or leave lying around the house. Armour, who founded his dog walking and pet care company nearly 10 years ago, extensively studied pup nutrition after a dog of his own developed food issues.
Lists of restricted and toxic foods are just a quick Google search away (or as we covered here), but Armour advised to err on the side of caution when debating sharing snacks during this entertaining-heavy season.
But what if they beg? "Give them their regular food."
But... but really...?
"I always recommend 2 Dogs Treats," Armour said. "They buy their meats from a distributor that also delivers to restaurants in the Boston area and and just dry it. They're a very, very good company, and very ethical."