Thanksgiving Tips 2017
Thanksgiving is a time for friends, family and holiday feasts—but also a time for possible distress for our animal companions. While we feel especially thankful for our loved ones on Thanksgiving, letting our beloved four-legged family members munch off the table can be a true hazard to their health.
Here are some awesome tips for keeping your pets safe on Turkey Day-
- Maintain your pet’s regular diet. Treats of turkey, ham, gravy, cookies, and other goodies can lead to gastrointestinal upsets like diarrhea and vomiting.
- Turkey can be a wonderful lean protein to share with your pet. You will just want to be sure to remove any excess skin or fat, stick with white meat, and make sure there are no bones. Dispose of all bones carefully so that pets cannot get to them. Poultry bones are particularly dangerous, as they can splinter and cut the intestines or get lodged in your pet’s esophagus.
- Nothing with alliums (i.e., onions, garlic, leeks, scallions) should be ingested by your pet.
- Guilty pleasures for humans, like cAndy and alcohol, can be toxic to pets. Keep cAndy, nuts, and alcoholic beverages out-of-reach from your pets, as they can cause vomiting, diarrhea, or a condition called pancreatitis, which can be deadly.
- Grapes and raisins can be toxic to pets, as well. The fruit has been shown to cause kidney failure in dogs.
- No Xylitol! While you may be making the healthier choice by cooking with artificial sweeteners over the real thing, sweeteners containing Xylitol are poisonous to animals, and potentially deadly to dogs.
- No Chocolate! Chocolate is a well known, off limits indulgence for pets. During the holidays however, baking chocolate is used in recipes and sometimes forgotten about by the time the dishes hit the table. Make sure this holiday season that your pet does not ingest any chocolate, especially the baking kind.
Be sure that everyone in your family knows and understands what your pets can and cannot consume.
Best wishes for a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving from the Spencer Springs Animal Hospital staff!