To all early readers, briopets wish you an early Lunar New Year. May all readers be blessed with a prosperous new year filled with laughter, fortune and vitality!
As Chinese New Year is just around the corner and everyone has already stocked up on all the delicious goodies that we know and love, we are here to share 4 popular Chinese New Year snacks that we should not feed our furkids. The thought of having a mini gathering with family and friends, sitting around the table and having a good meal together is just so exciting and we all can’t wait! Some of us might even want to give our little furkids a treat. However, we have to be careful with what we feed them as some foods can be harmful towards their health despite the pair of eyes staring at us as we feast. Here are some Chinese New Year snacks that your pets should avoid.
Sweet & savoury bak kwa - Image Source
Bak kwa is definitely something that we’re all familiar with. It is undoubtedly a Chinese New Year staple. However, although you may enjoy this tasty meat snack, you shouldn’t be too generous when it comes to your pet. Bak kwa is prepared with spices, sugar, salt and soy sauce; all of which are bad for your furkid. Salt can lead to excessive thirst and urination, and even sodium ion poisoning in pets. Some symptoms of excessive salt intake include vomiting, diarrhoea, tremors, elevated body temperatures, seizures, or even death. The high fat and oil content found in bak kwa can also cause pancreatic or heart problems if consumed in excessive amounts.
The perfect substitute for dogs - bosch’s FSC Country Meat-Snack 100% Farm Turkey.
✅ Meaty snacks with a particularly high meat content
✅ 68% Fresh turkey meat
✅ Sole source of protein
Chinese Peanut Cookies - Image Source
Certain beloved biscuits that we buy for Chinese New Year contain nuts, and you may not realise it but nuts are highly toxic to dogs and cats. Nuts are high in oils and fats, which as mentioned above can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, and even pancreatitis. Some nuts such as tree nuts may also be contaminated with low levels of Aflatoxin (carcinogenic and mutagenic). In dogs, aflatoxin has potential to lead to liver disease.
Crunchy substitute for dogs - bosch FSC Biscuit Lamb & Rice.
✅ Low-allergen snacks for nutritionally sensitive dogs
✅ Highly digestible
✅ Healthy features for your furkid’s well being
Yu sheng is one of the most common sights when gathering with family - Image Source
Yu Sheng is a must-have for Chinese New Year, it is a symbol of abundance, prosperity and vigour. The cantonese-style raw fish salad that contains strips of raw fish, shredded vegetables and a variety of sauces and condiments, among other ingredients. Raw meat can often contain bacteria like Salmonella and E.coli, which can be harmful to both pets and humans. While some homemade yu sheng may not contain raw meat, the sauces and condiments used contain artificial sweetener and salt which are harmful to your furkids’ digestive tract.
The perfect substitute for cats - Sanabelle Snack Pollack & Figs.
✅ 88% High meat content
✅ Contains 20% fresh chicken & 8% salmon
✅ Additional health benefits - Strengthens eyesight and cardiac function + Support glossy coat and healthy skin.
CHINESE PINEAPPLE TARTS
Chinese pineapple tarts with the crusty butter base and sweet pineapple paste - Image Source
Chinese pineapple tarts are one of the most classic Chinese New Year snacks out there. They’re sweet, delicious and loved by people of all ages. However, if you were considering giving your furkids a little taste, we would urge you to think again. Pineapple tarts are high in fat and the artificial sweetener used in the pineapple paste could lead to health complications. One of the most toxic artificial sweeteners is Xylitol. Xylitol can cause complications leading to liver failure, seizures and even brain damage in your furkids.
The perfect substitute for small animals - American Pet Feedtastic Prebiotic Smaks Treats Pumpkin & Timothy Flavour Cookies.
✅ Fortified with Prebiotic
✅ Additional health benefits - Immune & digestive support + dental health & hair coat support
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