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Written by Brian Adam   
Sunday, 03 October 2021 22:03

Thanksgiving tends to coincide with an uptick in vet visits, due to dogs being fed unsafe human food. So here are some timely tips to remember. With friends and family coming & going, DO make sure pets can't make it through the front door. Setting up gates can help keep them safe and prevent the chaos that comes with being greeted by a jumping or barking dog.

People also carry handbags, backpacks or suitcases. Things like sugar-free xylitol gum, candy bars, and human medication can really put a damper on your holiday plans if ingested. Have them hang their bags & purses on hooks rather than leaving them on the floor and keep room doors closed. 

While it’s tempting to include all members of the family in the feast, common dishes are full of ingredients that are toxic to dogs and cats. DON'T feel bad about keeping pets away from:

  • Turkey. Especially fatty dark meat and skin (a small amount of unseasoned white meat is okay), but never give them any leftover bones. Not only are bones a choking hazard, they can splinter inside your pet’s digestive tract and cause a trip to the emergency vet.
  • Garlic, onion, leeks, and chives. These seasonings are also toxic to dogs & cats and can destroy red blood cells. Avoid giving your pet a bite of anything cooked with these ingredients like green beans, potatoes, stuffing, or gravy.
  • Unbaked dough containing yeast can cause a stomach blockage if eaten, because the yeast makes it rise and expand. Its' natural fermentation in the stomach may even cause alcohol poisoning. Baking delicious dinner rolls? Make sure to leave it somewhere pets can’t get to it, such as in a turned-off oven or microwave, not right on the counter.
  • Desserts like pies, fruitcake or cookies should also be kept out of reach. Many people know that chocolate is toxic, but so are raisins, currants and the popular sugar-substitute xylitol. So keep that slice of keto-friendly/diabetic-friendly/sugar-free pie to yourself.

Also, make sure they don’t decide to dive into the trash for themselves. Feed them pet-friendly food options instead. While the list of foods to avoid might seem overwhelming, there are a few great options such raw fruit and vegetables like baby carrots, green beans, apples, chunks of sweet potato and pumpkin puree (but not the sweetened, spiced pie filling).

Happy Thanksgiving Everybody!


Last Updated on Sunday, 03 October 2021 22:25

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