Hi everyone. I hope your holiday decorating and feasting are going well. I have been making a lot of soup lately. I love eating a warm bowl of soup on a chilly, wet day.

When it comes to holiday foods, you need to be careful that you don’t share your goodies with the family dog or cat.   They may beg and give you those sad eyes but don’t let them talk you into sharing. Many holiday foods are very high in fat and might lead to severe vomiting and diarrhea, not a nice ending to a wonderful holiday party.

Some foods, like chocolate, are poisonous and can be deadly if eaten in large enough amounts.  It’s best not to leave a gift wrapped, box of chocolates under the Christmas tree for your pets to investigate. Instead, wait until you can hand it directly to the recipient.

Be especially careful to clean up well and seal the garbage container tightly. More than once, I‘ve had to care for pets that have pulled the remains of a turkey or chicken off the table or out of the garbage and eaten it. Once swallowed, these bones can get stuck in the stomach or intestines and need to be surgically removed.

If you want to give your special, furry friend a holiday treat, make them a home- made dog or cat cookie. You can find some contest winning recipes by clicking here.

There is even a recipe that you and your pet can share. Happy baking!

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