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PET SAFETY MONTH: 30 tips in 30 days that can save your pet's life - Tip #19

Whether you are celebrating Easter, Passover or just joyous family time there is always food. And lots of it. And where there is food, there is generally a dog with a "tail of woe" describing imminent starvation in a land of plenty, his or hers to be precise.

This is your baby or your friend's baby or any sweet pup in your world. And you don't want to see suffering so you slip him a piece of ham or matzoh or a jelly bean.

What's a good idea and what isn't? Sharing food is one of the ways humans bond and your altruistic pup is ready to give you an ultimate bonding opportunity with that ham, matzoh or jelly bean.

So what's a good idea to share? And what isn't?

Obviously calories count. It's up to you to decide how much they count on a holiday. But there are some immutable "thou shalt avoids"

  • Sugarfree/reduced sugar items that contain Xylitol

  • Anything with chocolate

  • Too much fat

  • Too much salt

  • Chicken or turkey bones

  • Too much anything

As they say, moderation in everything, including moderation. So if your 120 lb. Rottweiler helped herself to a vanilla cupcake with a squiggle of chocolate frosting on top, roll your eyes and have a conversation with her.

However, if your 4 lb Chihuahua just ate a 2 lb dark chocolate Easter bunny, get Poison Control (888) 426-4435 on the phone immediately!

And if you think you were a little too generous, even with the good, solid food you shared, hey, it can happen. While you reach for the Alka Seltzer, consider giving pup ProBloom or another pup probiotic for the next few days. We call it "Activia for dogs" and it will help his insides recover from the best time he ever had.

Happy holidays, Barkers and friends!

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