Thanksgiving is just days away and the family is pouring into your extra bedrooms in anticipation of the huge dinner and family fun to come. This includes the furry members of your family too!
Sometimes we forget they are not really people in furry bodies and cannot eat everything we do. I know you love them just like your other children so make sure to watch their “special” diets this week so you don’t end up with a sick fur baby this holiday weekend.
Here is a List of some foods to avoid letting your Dog or Cat eat this Thanksgiving…
- Stuffing and Gravy- The Onions, Garlic, Scallions, Leeks, Sage, and or Pepper in these timeless classics are TOXIC to our pets and can kill them.
- Ham- (this includes bacon and all variations of pork) It can cause pancreatitis.
- Turkey bones and Skin- Any cooked bone can splinter causing choking or problems in the throat, stomach, and intestines. Well cooked white meat is OK in small moderation.
- Mashed Potatoes- The potato it’s self is OK but the milk and butter added when we mash them can cause gastric issues in our pets like vomiting and diarrhea.
- Fruit Salad- Anything with Grapes or Raisins, Grapes are Toxic and can cause serious or fatal kidney problems in dogs.
- Chocolate Desserts- Chocolate is toxic to dogs and cats but smells and tastes good to dogs.
- Cranberry Sauce- Cranberries themselves are OK but when made into a sauce we add sugar and high fructose corn syrup as well as raisins and nuts which can be toxic to dogs and cats.
- Green Bean Casserole- Regular green beans are OK as a snack but in a Casserole we add mushroom soup and fried onion topping which are toxic to our pets.
- Bread dough or Cake batter- Bread dough raises so when eaten it can raise in a pets stomach causing all kinds of gastric issues. And with Cake batter you have the issue of raw eggs and salmonella poisoning.
- Grapes- We have mentioned grapes several times in previous foods as ingredients but they deserve to be mentioned alone. They can cause death in dogs to do the damage they cause to the kidneys.
- Walnuts and Macadamia Nuts- Any nut can be harmful so check with your vet before feeding and only give in moderation but avoid these altogether as they cause neurological and gastric problems such as seizures and vomiting in both cats and dogs.
- Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Pie- Ingredients Like Nutmeg and Cinnamon make these tasty treats toxic for our furry friends.
If your beloved furry family member ingests something he shouldn’t over the holiday make sure to call your vet ASAP as time can make a difference on getting him back to the healthy one you love.
Things you CAN give your pet are Raw carrots, broccoli, and well cooked white meat.
Tell visiting family members, especially children, not to feed your pets from their plates and explain why.
Most of all have a Safe and Happy Thanks Giving from our Farmely to Yours!
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