As we gather with loved ones this season, it might be oh so tempting to sneak a little treat to the family pet. Perhaps some yummy turkey, or something sweet. It’s easy to drop our guard, as we want to share in the spirit of the holiday. But there are common Thanksgiving dishes that can be toxic to animals, or make for an upset digestive system. Let’s review some of these items to be mindful of to help create a successful holiday.
Bones – we grew up with the image of giving your sweet doggie a bone. Bones can become brittle and splinter, get lodge in their throats, or pierce their intestines. Perhaps it’s prudent to avoid bones full stop. Check Susie’s Snack Shop and pick your pet up something beforehand.
Chocolate & Sweets – Most people already know that chocolate is poisonous to dogs. Did you know even raisins, currants and grapes can be harmful? Stick with apples or bananas. According to the FDA, Xylitol, even in small amounts, can be toxic or even deadly to dogs.
Raw Foods – According to the U.S. FDA, raw foods carry an increased risk of bacteria, including salmonella or E.coli, which may be harmful to your dog or people in the home.
Rich & Fatty Foods – Both cats and dogs have a hard time digesting foods that have high fat content. These include turkey skin, chicken skin, ham, and gravy. Who feeds their pets gravy?? If ingested, pets can experience vomiting, diarrhea and possibly lead to pancreatitis.
Onions, Garlic, Leeks & Chives – These are common ingredients that can harmful to our pets by causing destruction of their red blood cells, leading to anemia. Help protect them by being mindful of these common dishes: green bean casserole, garlic mashed potatoes, and stuffing. Make certain those are human only meals.
Nuts – some nuts are safe for your pets, such as peanuts. But make sure it does not contain Xylitol! Nuts are also high in fat, so only allow in moderation. Check out the Puppy Peanut Butter from Spread Happiness Nut Butters. Some nuts to avoid (aside from crazy Uncle Rob) include: macadamia, almonds, walnuts and pistachios. Macadamia specifically can lead to muscle and neurological issues.
Dairy – dogs and cats bodies can’t breakdown lactose like humans. To avoid unwanted surprises on the living room carpet, keep your pets dairy-free.
Bread Dough – if you’re making those delicious dinner rolls, be mindful of your pets. If consumed, dough can continue to expand in our pets stomach and could lead to blockage, or excessive bloating. Dough is fermented, so it’s the same as if alcohol is being absorbed.
From the American Veterinary Medical Association, below are some good practices to consider this Thanksgiving:
- Keep the feast on the table
- No pie or other desserts for your pets
- Yeast dough can cause problems
- Put the trash away where your pets can’t find it
- Be careful with decorative plants
- Quick action can save lives
If you suspect your pet has eaten a cooked bone or something else they shouldn’t have, consult your vet. You can also reach the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435. Signs of pet distress include: sudden changes in behavior, depression, pain, vomiting, or diarrhea. Contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet shows any of these signs.
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