Thanksgiving Safety for Dogs
Typically, dogs enjoy Thanksgiving as much as humans do. After all, there are many delectable smells drifting around the house, bits of food dropping on the floor and lots of new people to love and pet them. However, Thanksgiving shouldn’t be a free for all when it comes to our dogs. There are several items that are simply not safe for dogs to consume.
During the holiday season, veterinarians experience a high number of calls regarding digestive issues. While it’s tempting to offer our dogs a big bowl full of turkey and mashed potatoes with gravy, these foods can cause upset stomach, diarrhea or a life threatening condition known as pancreatitis. A few strips of turkey on your dog’s normal food is fine, but too much can cause serious issues. Additionally, turkey skin is extremely tough on a dog’s digestive system.
A great way to keep your dog happy during your Thanksgiving feast is by putting a bit of their regular food and a very small amount of boneless, skinless turkey inside a Kong toy. This will keep them occupied for quite a while. It’s also a good idea to walk your pet before the festivities begin.
Cooked turkey bones are dangerous for your pet. You might not find out for several days if your dog has a turkey bone lodged in their digestive system. Always keep plates, bones and leftover turkey far away from your dog. In addition to bones, anything that contains onions or herbs should be kept away from pets. Eating onions can lead to a dangerous form of anemia and sage and other herbs can cause upset tummy and central nervous system depression if eaten in large quantities.
Occasionally, dogs are attracted to alcoholic beverages. If consumed, the dog can become disoriented and ill. Too much alcohol can lead to coma or death. Make sure that you keep a close eye on alcoholic beverages that might be left within your dog’s reach.
We hope that this information has been helpful as we strive to provide education on all aspects of pet care.
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