So thankful for my pet….What can I feed him/her on Thanksgiving?
The holidays are upon us and there are a lot of things to consider if you include your pet in the celebrations.
It may surprise you, but chocolate (especially dark) isn’t the only food that is harmful to your dog. Here is a helpful guide to ensure your pet’s health and safety this holiday season. Also keep your guests informed too. It’s important to educate everyone that enters your home what is an acceptable treat to give Fido.
Turkey skin- This is a food that retains any spice it has put on it. Spices in general are hard for dogs to digest. Not to mention, turkey skin is very fatty. Food high in fat can lead to pancreatitis, which can also lead to death. If you observe that you’re pet is vomiting, lethargic, or has abdominal pain immediately bring them to your veterinarian or an emergency clinic.
Cooked Bones- Bones that are cooked become soft and brittle, which can easily splinter into the throat. Also bones that are not properly digested can puncture the stomach causing major internal issues. Be very careful to make sure there are no bones in any meat you give your dog. Always dispose your waste properly.
Onions and Garlic- Are toxic to dogs because they contain sulfides. Even when cooked this does not reduce the toxicity found in onions and garlic.
Nutmeg – Commonly used in pumpkin pie can cause seizures and central nervous system problems. In extreme cases if ingested could lead to death.
Sage – Another spice common in holiday dishes that can lead to an upset stomach.
Nuts- Especially macadamia and walnuts are dangerous. Dogs have a toxic reaction to nuts, which usually results in vomiting, fever, unable to stand, and elevated heart rate. These symptoms eventually go away.
Chocolate, Uncooked dough, Batter- The first one of course most dog owners know, but did you know that uncooked dough will rise in your pets stomach? This could lead to severe pain and bloating. Batter is an unfinished product, which contains eggs that could carry salmonella. Clean up or keep your pet out of the kitchen area to avoid them licking something they shouldn’t.
Turkey- Stick to white meat only, it’s lean, and better for your pup.
Homemade Cranberry Sauce (not the canned kind)- Cranberries are very beneficial and are great for the maintaining urinary health. Homemade is better than canned because it contains less sugar.
Carrots – They’re healthy and maintain your pets teeth by removing plaque, keeping breath fresh!
Green beans- Another powerhouse of health! Full of fiber and essential minerals. These are good to feed your dog anytime, but not if they are in a casserole. Casseroles have salt and fat, keep it simple, they will still love it.
Sweet Potato/Pumpkin- Both are wonderful for helping your dog stay regular and not to mention they’re delicious. (Also, pumpkin helps thwarting off parasites).
Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!