Thanksgiving is a day for being thankful for our family and friends and enjoying all of our traditional Thanksgiving foods. You want to make sure if your guests include any four-legged friends, that the foods on their plate are healthy and safe for them.
Gravy is high in fat and loaded with salt, spices, and other dangerous ingredients can cause upset stomach, gastrointestinal distress, and pancreatitis.
While there are those who think that crispy turkey skin is the best part of the Thanksgiving bird, please keep your pup away from the skin. It is not only high in fat, but contains marinades, butter, spices, and oils that are not safe for your fur baby to try to digest.
Cooked turkey (and other poultry) bones can be deadly if eaten. When the bones are cooked, they become brittle and can splinter in the digestive tract. Make sure you dispose the turkey carcass very carefully so that there is no chance of your curious canine picking it out of the trash.
Sage is a very popular herb used in poultry, but spice can be potentially deadly to dogs. Sage contains essential oils that can lead to upset stomach or, worse, liver and kidney issues.
Nuts are frequently found in holiday dishes and on the table this time of year. Some nuts, especially walnut and macadamia nuts, are highly toxic for our canine family. Eating them can lead to vomiting, lethargy, seizures, and elevated heart rate.
While cranberries on their own are a good source of antioxidants for dogs and cats, make sure there are no raisins, grapes, or currants. Also, keep in mind that most cranberry sauces contain a lot of added sugars.
ONIONS AND GARLIC
Most pet parents know that onions and garlic contain sulphides which are toxic to dogs and can damage red blood cells and lead to anemia. Although dogs can have very small amounts of garlic – onions, chives and shallots whether raw, cooked or powdered should be avoided.
Many holiday dishes are seasoned with nutmeg, with is highly toxic to your pet and can cause seizures and central nervous system problems.
CHOCOLATE, DOUGH AND BATTER
All pet parents should know that chocolate is a big no-no for pets, but you might not be aware that dough can actually rise (from the yeast) inside your pup’s belly and cause bloating severe pain, and possible intestinal blockage. Additionally, doughs and batters often contain raw eggs which can expose your pet to Salmonella.
If you believe that your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.
If your holiday plans can’t include your pet, Love Pet Care has you covered in New York City and Los Angeles, whether you need dog walking and/or pet sitting, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 844-748-7387.
WISHING YOU A SAFE AND HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
The Love Pet Care Team