During the winter holidays, the average American gains a pound. Some gain more, some not at all. Nonetheless, there is a lot of snacking on delicious goodies going on!

Our pets are keen to these festivities. Your pet’s pleading warm brown eyes that seem to penetrate to your very soul oftentimes sway your better judgment. You give in. You give “just a little bite”. Yeah, right. What may be a “little bite” to someone the size of a human is much more to a small pet! Our pets are oftentimes smarter than we are when it comes to food. An otherwise normal pet can become a diabolical genius when it comes to begging.

These snacking situations may be less troubling for cats. Cats are usually drawn toward the ham and turkey and not so much the sweets and breads we find in our homes over the holidays. Cats tend to be nibblers and are often placed on long acting insulin. A nibble here and there of a low carb bit of meat isn’t typically a problem for your diabetic cat.

Dogs tend to be more aware of all the goodies and baked goods in the home. All the sugar in such special holiday treats can be very detrimental to diabetic control. Giving a treat in the middle of the day could cause an unwelcome glucose spike. Be wise when giving treats. If you must give in, choose a low-sugar healthy snack and give it with the pet’s meal. (Of course, if you are giving a treat, cut back appropriately on the amount of regular food given to your dog.)

Make sure that any holiday chocolates are kept away from where your pet can reach them. Remember, pets are always smarter than you think when getting into the snacks! Also be sure to tell your family and guests that it is important to adhere to your pet’s diabetes regime during the holidays. You might make an effort to show your guests where you keep healthy pet treats for your diabetic pet. Speak with your own veterinarian to get other ideas to keep your pet’s diabetes under control during the holidays. We at ADW wish you and your pet(s) a very happy and healthy holiday season.

NOTE: Consult your veterinarian to confirm that my recommendations are applicable for the health needs of your pet.