Thanksgiving dinners are meant for sharing but not everything on your table is safe for your pet. Some foods are safe and even healthy for your pets but some are completely off limits. Here are some tips on how to safely share your turkey day meal.
The following are NOT safe for your pet:
• Bones: These can easily splinter and become lodged in your pet’s throat or mouth. Even worse, they can perforate the intestines. Larger bones can also cause intestinal blockage.
• Onions and Garlic: These seasonings can cause anemia.
• Unbaked bread dough: Even the smallest amount of raw dough made from live yeast can expand in your pet’s stomach and cause an upset stomach. If too much is eaten, it can also cause breathing difficulties.
• Raw eggs, meat, and fish: These can cause salmonella or E coli poisoning which leads to terrible intestinal problems and even death.
• Fat Trimmings: Although very tasty for our pets, too much fat, cooked or raw, can cause pancreatitis.
• Spices: Nutmeg, for example, can cause seizures and even death. Sage causes vomiting and stomach cramps in pets. When in doubt, don’t give your pet any food that has added seasoning or spices.
• Beware of any foil, toothpicks and skewers that are left within reach of your pet. These smell and taste delicious to pets and could cause obstructions or perforations in the intestinal tract.
Given sparingly, the following are safe for your pet:
• Turkey (no bones, fat, or skin)
• Plain mashed potatoes
• Small helping of cranberry sauce
• Plain macaroni (you can add cheese if you know how well your pet’s stomach handles dairy)
• Plain steamed green beans
• Salt-free canned chicken broth
• Plain canned pumpkin (not to be confused with pumpkin pie filling)
• Sliced raw apples
Make sure that these foods do not have added ingredients or spices. You can never be too careful so if you’re not sure if it’s safe for your pet, give them one of their regular favorite treats along with lots of love and attention during your holiday break. They will love you unconditionally either way!