So you made it through Thanksgiving unscathed (for the most part). At least no emergency visits to the vet because of something bad your four-legged best friend got into that they shouldn't have. Now we have the NEXT big food holiday, Christmas!

White dog in a santa suit

Now let's not just cross our fingers and hope for a Christmas miracle, let's be proactive and educate ourselves, friends and family members so we can have a repeat of the success from last month! Let's keep our puppy pals safe in the food department!

Christmas Foods That Are Dangerous for Dogs

Avoid giving dogs Christmas table scraps due to the potential toxicity of certain foods like onions and chocolate, the risk of pancreatitis from high-fat dishes, and the hazards of cooked bones splintering. Seasonings and new foods can cause digestive upset.

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So when in doubt, just don't give them a bite. It is not worth the illness, puppy pain, MESS, or on a more downer note, the visit to the emergency pet clinic. I know it may be hard to say "NO" to those big puppy dog eyes, but it is for their own good.

Trusty me, after dinner is done, you can play with their new ball or toy that Santa Paws brought them, and they won't even think twice about the betrayal they felt at dinner.

Little white dog in a sweater with his tongue out with a toy bone

Keep your dog safe, and that way their tail can be wagging in several months for the Independence Day Bar-B-Que!

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Having a pet, especially a dog, is like having a toddler all the time. If you don't see or hear them for a while, it usually means they're getting into something they're not supposed to be getting into. After my dog had to have surgery to remove a lump of carpet she had eaten, I wanted to know if there were any other strange or unusual things other people's pets have digested. How some of these animals still have working digestive systems is nothing short of a medical miracle. It's a good thing they're cute.

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To prepare yourself for a potential incident, always keep your vet's phone number handy, along with an after-hours clinic you can call in an emergency. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center also has a hotline you can call at (888) 426-4435 for advice.

Even with all of these resources, however, the best cure for food poisoning is preventing it in the first place. To give you an idea of what human foods can be dangerous, Stacker has put together a slideshow of 30 common foods to avoid. Take a look to see if there are any that surprise you.

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