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What You Can and Cannot Feed Your Pet for Chinese New Year

What You Can and Cannot Feed Your Pet for Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is around the corner and while you may be lolling on the couch, munching on Chinese New Year treats, let's not forget about our canine and feline counterparts. Though it is the Year of the Rooster, our four-legged friends still deserve our affection and attention. It is as important as it is wise for us to be responsible when feeding our furkids festive snacks. We have composed a list of what you can and cannot feed your pet for the anticipated celebration.


1. "Bark" Kwa

Bak Kwa and other foods rich in fat are a no-no to pets as it can cause pancreatic and heart problems. Affected pets may start showing signs of diarrhoea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

2. Xylitol

Xylitol is a 5-carbon sugar alcohol used as a sweetener found in many sweets. It is dangerous to your pet as it causes a drop in blood sugar levels when consumed. Pets may display loss of coordination and seizures within 15 to 30 minutes of ingestion. Consuming an extensive amount may result in liver failure.

3. Chocolates

Certain properties in chocolates can be toxic to pets when ingested, specifically caffeine and theobromine. The darker the chocolate, the more toxic it is. Consuming chocolates with a higher concentration of theobromine can lead to a medical emergency. Chocolate intoxication may result in symptoms ranging from restlessness, increased thirst, abdominal discomfort and vomiting, severe agitation, muscle tremors, irregular heartbeat, high body temperature, seizures and even death.

4. Macadamia Nuts & Walnuts

Just like humans, not all nuts are created equal. While these nuts are not lethal, they do cause a great deal of discomfort to your pets. When ingested, these nuts can cause an upset stomach and gastric intestinal distress. Affected pets may develop weakness in their rear legs, tremors and fever.

5. Alcohol

Owing to their built and inability to process the intoxicating properties, it is toxic for pets to consume any form of alcohol. Pets get intoxicated far more easily than you might think. Dogs and cats can even get alcohol toxicity by ingesting fermented foods if they eat enough of them. Alcohol intoxication commonly causes excessive urination, disorientation and poor breathing. In serious cases, seizures and brain damage may occur.


1. Mandarin Oranges

Thankfully, there is an abundance of mandarin oranges to go around during Chinese New Year. Citric fruits are generally nontoxic to pets. However, as with most foods, moderation is key. Mandarin oranges are high in sugars and can potentially cause obesity and general stomach upset if your pet eats too many of them. Instead of devouring an orange whole, share bits and pieces of your sweet snack with your pets.

2. Pineapple

Raw pineapple, in small amounts, is an excellent substitute snack for pets. They are packed with vitamin C and minerals such as manganese, copper, potassium, magnesium and iron, making them a nutrient-dense snack for humans and pets alike, boosting your pet's immune system and digestive health.

3. Sunflower Seeds

Sunflower seeds are high in vitamins E, B1 and B5 and minerals such as manganese, magnesium, copper, phosphorous, folate and selenium and protein. While this would be a go-to treat for your cats, it is advisable that the seeds are peeled and unsalted for your canine counterparts.

4. MosCATo and CharDOGnay

Invite your canine and feline friends to a toast with Cat Wine and Dog Wine by the thoughtful team from Colorado-based Apollo Peak. These beverages are non-alcoholic, made from all-natural organically grown herbs, fresh beets and natural preservatives · this means that they are fit for human consumption as well! Share a glass with your furry friends and enjoy the festivities without any worry of being too intoxicated or even at all.

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