Here are some tips to keep your pet healthy and happy this Thanksgiving.
Dogs should never be allowed to munch on turkey legs, wings, wishbones or any other bones. Poultry bones are brittle, breaking easily into sharp pieces. These bones are a choking hazard and can become stuck in a dog’s esophagus, stomach or intestines causing and emergency medical condition.
It is best to keep pets on their regular diet during the holidays, but a taste of turkey and a bit of mashed potato shouldn’t pose a problem. However, do not allow your pet to overindulge, they could end up with an upset stomach, diarrhea or pancreatitis – an inflammatory condition of the pancreas, caused by eating fatty, salty, rich foods.
If you decide to feed your pet a little bit of turkey, make sure it is boneless and well-cooked. Do not offer raw or undercooked turkey which may contain bacteria.
Sage – and many other herbs contain essential oils and resins that can cause gastrointestinal upset and central nervous system depression in pets if eaten in large quantities. Cats are especially sensitive to the effect of certain essential oils.
Plain, canned pumpkin is an excellent source of fiber for dogs. Serve mixed with your pet’s food or separately as a treat, but only in small quantities to avoid diarrhea.
Never giver your pet raw bread or roll dough. When raw yeast dough is ingested the animal’s body heat causes the dough to rise in the animal’s stomach, which can cause a life-threatening emergency requiring immediate surgery.
Tie up securely and remove from the home immediately all Thanksgiving day trash bags.