It is a great time of the year to gather around the table with your family and friends, but it can also pose some threats to your furry friends. Here are some tips to keep in mind while you are preparing your meal…you know, because you don’t already have enough to juggle on Thanksgiving, right?
- Gobble-Gobble! We know your pets will be tempted by the tasty turkey aromas. If your pet does not have any food allergies and you want to give them a nibble, be sure that the meat is fully cooked and does not have any bones in it. Raw turkey may contain salmonella that can make your pet sick. Bones can become lodged in the throat or stomach or splinter and perforate through their stomach and intestines. Dispose of your turkey remains in a spot where your pooch or kitty cannot get into.
- No dough about it! Do not allow your pet to ingest any raw yeast bread dough. This can cause life threatening conditions due to the production of carbon dioxide and alcohol from the fermentation. Keep all those rolls to yourself!
- Hide your chocolate! Chocolate can cause seizures, heart and nervous system disease. No need to feel guilty about hiding (and keeping) all the chocolate to yourself and away from your pet.
- Fat’s NOT where it’s at! Butter, gravy or turkey skin can lead to vomiting and very painful condition called pancreatitis.
- Toxic Toppings! Grapes, Raisins, Garlic and Onions (that can be found in stuffing) can cause acute kidney failure, so be sure to keep those leftovers for tomorrow.
- A Fantastic Feast! Just because your pets can’t enjoy all of our human foods does not mean they have to be left out. Try some fun pet friendly recipes to cook for your pets (see our previous blog post). Try adding some vegetables like sweet potatoes or green beans to their food. If you do decide to give them treats, make sure they don’t over indulge. Your pets aren’t used to such delicious treats and too much of a good thing could cause them to have an upset stomach or diarrhea. Imagine what your GI system would be going through if you hadn’t eaten fast food in a year and suddenly indulge. Not pretty.
- After all that cooking (and eating), snuggle up on the couch and enjoy a nice turkey-coma nap with your pet 🙂
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Northwood Animal Hospital!