Dogs LOVE Thanksgiving and all the yummy food that it brings. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving foods do NOT love them back. Many of the foods that we love are poisonous to dogs.
Here’s some tips to keep your furry family members safe this holiday season:
- Keep pets out of the kitchen while cooking and baking! Not only can they be hurt in kitchen collisions and more, but the uncooked foods can be dangerous to their health as well!
- Raw yeast dough when eaten by pets continues to change the sugar into carbon dioxide and alcohol. Pets may appear to be drunk and have painful gas and bloating. It might sound funny but it can actually require hospitalization and can be deadly.
- Undercooked or raw meat can cause food poisoning in dogs just like in humans. Dogs are domesticated. They cannot handle bones or raw meat regardless of what their ancestors ate.
- Raw eggs also cause food poisoning in dogs – so keep them out of raw doughs and batters that require eggs!
- Pets should be given little to no table scraps. So much of what we eat, particularly at the holidays is very fatty. Dogs’ digestive tracks cannot handle fatty foods like ours does. Even small amounts of something like turkey skin can lead to a deadly condition called pancreatitis. Take it from a family that has had to watch a dog go through this terrible condition, it is not something you want your dog to suffer through. The condition is heartbreaking enough and then you add the guilt of knowing it was preventable to the mix . . .
- Know what foods are poisonous to dogs. Just because humans can eat it, does not mean it is safe for our furry family members to eat it too!
- To name just a few . . .
- If you still decide to give your dog some turkey, it needs to be a small piece that is skinless, boneless, and fully cooked. Bones can splinter and actually puncture holes in a dog’s digestive track.
- Put trash somewhere your pets won’t find it – like immediately taking it out to the toter rather than leaving it inside. Pets can be sneaky when they really want something! Just take the temptation out of the house all together!
If you want to give your dog a special treat, buy them a special bone or other specially made treat for the day. You can let them sample some plain veggies or a taste of turkey and mashed potatoes but don’t let them overindulge – no matter how sad of eyes they have! Overindulgence puts them at risk for pancreatitis or at the very least an upset tummy!
We hope everyone has a safe Thanksgiving!