What Not to Feed Your Pet this Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving friends! We are all anticipating the delicious display of turkey with all the dressings and sides, and the oh so famous pumpkin pie, that we will enjoy with our loved one’s by our side. You may be tempted to invite your furry friend to share in the glory. No doubt he will be mesmerized by the variety of smells tickling his nose. But before you throw your dog that turkey bone take a look at this list of do’s and don’t’s to ensure a safe and happy holiday for all.

1.Cooked Bones – Whether your bird or choice is turkey, duck, or goose, do not give the bones to your dog. Cooked bones are often brittle and sharp pieces can get lodged in your dog’s intestine. Bird bones are hollow and break easily.

2. Gravy and Buttery Side Dishes – Fatty foods and trimmings can upset your dog’s digestion causing vomiting and diarrhea or even Pancreatitis. Try substituting gravy with a little turkey broth if you really want to give your pup a treat.

3. Aluminum Foil and Plastic Wrap – Dispose of these when you’re done with them. There are two risks here: one, your pet will be licking the fatty substances off the wrappings, and two, swallowing these can cause an intestinal obstruction.

5. Chocolate – Most pet owners are aware that chocolate is toxic to dogs but it can be even more of a risk during the holidays when an unattended bowl of candies is left out for guests to enjoy. Be sure to keep bowls filled with chocolate and other candies out of vision and out of reach of your dog.

6. The Garbage Can –Even the most well behaved pet can be caught snooping in the trash when senses are put into overdrive. Keep a tight lid on things to protect your pet form eating these dangerous items.

8. Holiday Plants – Sure it’s Thanksgiving, but a good number of people have already decked the halls with holly by this time. Know that Poinsettias, holly berries, mistletoe and Cedar Christmas trees are toxic to dogs.  

10. Guests Who Mean Well –Consider keeping your pet in a seperate room during festivities or atleast dinner time to help your guests avoid the temptation of giving fido table scraps. =—oii

Sage Advice
Sage can make your Thanksgiving stuffing taste delish, but it and many other herbs contain essential oils and resins that can cause gastrointestinal upset and central nervous system depression to pets if eaten in large quantities. Cats are especially sensitive to the effects of certain essential oils.

No Bread Dough
Don’t spoil your pet’s holiday by giving him raw bread dough. According to ASPCA experts, when raw bread dough is ingested, an animal’s body heat causes the dough to rise in his stomach. As it expands, the pet may experience vomiting, severe abdominal pain and bloating, which could become a life-threatening emergency, requiring surgery.

Don’t Let Them Eat Cake
If you’re baking up Thanksgiving cakes, be sure your pets keep their noses out of the batter, especially if it includes raw eggs—they could contain salmonella bacteria that may lead to food poisoning.

Too Much of a Good Thing
A few small boneless pieces of cooked turkey, a taste of mashed potato or even a lick of pumpkin pie shouldn’t pose a problem. However, don’t allow your pets to overindulge, as they could wind up with a case of stomach upset, diarrhea or even worse—an inflammatory condition of the pancreas known as pancreatitis. In fact, it’s best keep pets on their regular diets during the holidays.

A Feast Fit for a Kong
While the humans are chowing down, give your cat and dog their own little feast. Offer them Nylabones or made-for-pet chew bones. Or stuff their usual dinner—perhaps with a few added tidbits of turkey, vegetables (try sweet potato or green beans) and dribbles of gravy—inside a Kong toy. They’ll be happily occupied for awhile, working hard to extract their dinner from the toy.

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