THANKSGIVING DAY FOOD SAFETY TIPS FOR YOUR PETS...
9 THINGS NOT SAFE TO FEED YOUR PETS
7 THINGS SAFE TO FEED YOUR PETS
"I don’t get a seat at the Thanksgiving dinner table? This is a-paw-ling."
Thanksgiving Day arrives in just a few days. As many of us are pet parents and since much of Thanksgiving Day is about food, it's important to know what not to feed your pets to keep them safe on Thanksgiving Day.
As a pet mom, I know first-hand how how easy in the excitement of the holiday it is to want to share with our four-legged family members. But it's not always a good idea to do so. So here's my annual list of tips about what not to feed your pets on Thanksgiving Day and what's safe to feed them.
"My family told me not to beg today. I told them I couldn’t quit doing that ‘cold turkey."
9 Things Not Safe To Feed Your Cats And Dogs On Thanksgiving Day
Bones: turkey bones can lacerate, obstruct and even puncture your pets' internal organs. Save the turkey bones for the broth.
Onions: Onions, scallions and onion powder, found in stuffing and used as a general seasoning, can destroy your dog's or cat's red blood cells, causing anemia. Avoid garlic, and seasonings such as sage, too.
Corn on the cob: which can cause intestinal obstruction, a very serious (and potentially fatal) medical condition.
Avocados: which produce a fungicidal toxin called “persin,” poisonous to many animals. It causes heart damage, as well. So NO, guacamole dip!
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 all those 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 can 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.
"You can trust your dog to guard your house, but you can’t trust your dog to guard your sandwich."
If your pets happen to ingest any of these "no-no" foods on Thanksgiving Day, call your veterinarian as quickly as possible. Quick action on your part could well prevent more costly and serious complications from developing.
7 Things Safe To Feed Your Cats & Dogs On Thanksgiving Day
- Boneless turkey 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
10 Tips For A Safe Thanksgiving From PetFinder
These tips to keep your pets safe on Thanksgiving Day are provided by Nina Hollander with Coldwell Banker Realty, Greater Charlotte residential real estate expert and fellow pet parent. I've been opening doors for Charlotte region home buyers and sellers and their four-legged family members for 25 years. I can help you find a home your "best friend" will love, too!
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