It’s officially the home stretch of the holiday season! We are getting ready to be in food comas on Christmas, but what about the pooches? What certain holiday foods can and can’t our dogs indulge in with us. Some might be more obvious than others, but it’s always a good thing to ask or search it up on the internet just to be extra sure!
Finally, can dogs have peppermint?
Let’s read more about if dogs can eat some peppermint with ya on Christmas this year!
Peppermint is literally everywhere on the holiday food scene. Whether it be peppermint bark, candy canes, or anything else peppermint-flavored, let’s see what our dogs can have.
Basically, the short answer is no. According to Hills Pet, peppermint can actually be pretty dangerous to feed our dogs. Besides the peppermint itself, think of all of the candies that come in wrappers…dogs don’t know to unwrap them first before you eat them. These can get stuck in your pet’s digestive track and they should be taken to the vet immediately.
Here’s what could happen or certain symptoms to expect in your pooch:
- Liver damage (if the oil gets absorbed into their system w/ essential oils)
Instead of peppermint, try these delicious sweet Christmas treat alternatives instead:
- Cranberries (boosts immune system and helps prevent some cancers)
- Pumpkin (improves digestion and can settle an upset tummy)
- Pears (supports the digestive tract as well as nerve and muscle function)
Obviously, like tons of different foods for humans, everything on this list is okay for your dog to have, but of course in moderation. Moderation is always key and definitely be sure to have your pooch allergy tested as some foods are common allergies among pups (my dog loved carrots but was found to be allergic to them and sweet potatoes as well; he loved pumpkin treats, though)!
That’s a wrap on our analysis of it our pups can eat peppermint this Christmas for dessert!
What is your favorite canine-friendly Christmas-themed food(s)/desserts to give to your furry friends? Let’s talk about all of that and so much more down in the comments below and as always Woof, Woof!