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 leftoversor fat-ladenedbones with man's best friend can lead to much more harm than good.
"Dogs can't digest fat as people know it," said MarkArmour, owner of Dorchester-South Boston-basedThe Pooped Pooch. "So that extra chicken or turkey skin or fat from ribeye can lead toemergency rooms filled with dogs with pancreatitis."
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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 nearly10 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), butArmour advisedto 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."
"I always recommend 2 Dogs Treats," Armour said. "They buy their meatsfrom a distributor that alsodelivers to restaurants in theBostonarea and and just dry it. They're a very, very good company,and very ethical."