Keep your pets safe on Thanksgiving Day by not feeding them things from your tables/plates that are dangerous to their health... it's natural in the excitement of the holiday to want to share the bounty with our four-legged family members, but it's not necessarily a good idea to do so.
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What not to your cats and dogs at Thanksgiving:
Bones: turkey bones can lacerate, obstruct, and even puncture your pets' internal organs. Save the bones for the broth.
Onions: Onions, scallions and onion powder, typically found in stuffing and used as a general seasoning, can destroy your dog or cat's red blood cells, causing anemia. Avoid garlic, and seasonings such as sage, too.
Corn on the cob: can cause intestinal obstruction, a very serious (and potentially fatal) medical condition.
Avocados: produce a toxin called “persin,” poisonous to many animals. It causes heart damage, as well. So no, guacomole dip for the fur-babies!
Grapes and Raisins: Grapes and raisins contain a toxin that can cause kidney damage to both dogs and cats.
Chocolate: Chocolate can actually be fatal to your dog or cat; so these sweets must be kept well out of reach. And while you're at it, keep caffeine based foods, drinks out of reach, as well.
Ham: is a fatty food that will often upset a dog's or cat's stomach as well as cause pancreatitis, vomiting and diarrhea.
Sweets: whether it's pecan pie, or pumpkin or apply pie, a tiny bit will probably not do damage, but in general it's best to avoid feeding sugary foods to dogs and cats.
- Alcohol: what more needs be said on this subject? And it's a good idea not to leave any alcoholic drinks standing about if your dog or cat is not supervised.
If your pets do happen to ingest any of these "no-no" foods on Thanksgiving, call your veterinarian as soon as possible. Quick action on your part could well prevent more costly and serious complications from developing.
What you can feed to your dogs and cats at Thanksgiving:
- Boneless turkey that is well cooked and in small amounts (but NO skin, gravy or stuffing!)
- Sweet potatoes (but plain with no butter, salt, other additives for flavor)
- Plain pumpkin
- Green beans
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