Food Safety Tips For Pets This Thanksgiving: What To Feed Them Or Not.

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty 179530

 

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."

... Anonymous

 

Cat staring at turkeyThanksgiving 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."

... Anonymous

 

9 Things Not Safe To Feed Your Cats And Dogs On Thanksgiving Day

  1. Bones: turkey bones can lacerate, obstruct and even puncture your pets' internal organs. Save the turkey bones for the broth.

  2. 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.

  3. Corn on the cob: which can cause intestinal obstruction, a very serious (and potentially fatal) medical condition.

  4. Avocados:  which produce a fungicidal toxin called “persin,” poisonous to many animals. It causes heart damage, as well. So NO, guacamole dip!

  5. Grapes and Raisins: Grapes and raisins contain a toxin that can cause kidney damage to both dogs and cats.

  6. 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.

  7. Ham: is a fatty food that can upset a dog's or cat's stomach, as well as cause pancreatitis, vomiting and diarrhea. 

  8. 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.

  9. 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."

... Anonymous

 

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

  1. Boneless turkey well cooked and in small amounts (but NO skin, gravy or stuffing!)
  2. Sweet potatoes (but plain with no butter, salt, other additives for flavor)
  3. Plain pumpkin
  4. Green beans
  5. Carrots
  6. Peas
  7. Apples

 

10 Tips For A Safe Thanksgiving From PetFinder

10 Tips For A Safe Thanksgiving For Your Pets

 

 

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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Comments (24)

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

For me, a good rule of thumb is no table scraps ever! Even meat is a bad idea because when you give one thing, they come back for more.

Nov 19, 2023 06:20 AM
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

WOW! Nina Hollander, Broker I never knew about some of these tips about what not to feed our pets for Thanksgiving. No ham or sweets for our dogs in holiday season. Thanks for sharing!

Nov 19, 2023 06:48 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty I agree, Jeff. If I give any "scraps" it's well after a meal and mixed in with the dog food so they don't associate our eating with their eating.

Nov 19, 2023 07:26 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Jerry Newman good morning, Jerry... I do an update of this post every year. And every year I get comments like yours that they didn't know some or most of this.

Nov 19, 2023 07:26 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Nina most of the things on your list are served during Thanksgiving, so this is a good reminder to keep them away from pets.

Nov 19, 2023 10:03 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is timely advice to share with pet owners. 

I will share your post on Twitter.

Nov 19, 2023 10:45 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

George Souto hi George... and that's exactly why I update this post every year. So many people forget; others just don't know.

Nov 19, 2023 11:05 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Thank you, Roy. I appreciate your helping me get the word out on this subject.

Nov 19, 2023 11:05 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

My Black Lab loves Sweet Potatoes, carrots and Turkey during the Holidays !!! 

Nov 19, 2023 05:25 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

This is a very scary time of year to be a pet owner Nina. I have to watch Boomer all the time to see what he's up to or what he's sniffing. Thank you for sharing🙂

Nov 19, 2023 07:22 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Nina Hollander, Broker  anyone who comes to our home knows they are not permitted to give any human food to our cats and dogs.... on a side note none of them beg for food because they know they got their own kibble and wet food. Endre

Nov 19, 2023 09:48 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Michael J. Perry good morning, Michael... my experience with my own dogs is that they like anything that humans will eat. So it's really important to know what to feed them or not.

Nov 20, 2023 04:36 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS good morning, Paul... same here with my Bingo (who only happens to be the nosiest dog in the world!).

Nov 20, 2023 04:37 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Endre Barath, Jr. my cats have never begged. My dog knows not to beg. That doesn't mean he doesn't sit close by and hope. Hope does spring eternal with Bingo!

Nov 20, 2023 04:38 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Yes, it's so important to feed (and not to feed) the right food items to our furry family members. Love the quotes and the grumpy cat photo!

Nov 20, 2023 05:01 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Kat Palmiotti good morning, Kat... I laughed so hard when I saw that cat picture, I couldn't resist including it in this post.

Nov 20, 2023 05:16 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Nina:

What a timely and informative post. I bet there are plenty of pet owners who share human food with their fur friends without thinking about the potential issues. And of course their pets enjoy it and ask for more!

For me it's better to just avoid sharing anything from the Thanksgiving no matter how cute they are begging!

Jeff

Nov 20, 2023 11:34 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Jeff Dowler, CRS hi Jeff... I update this post every year. Fortunately, our pets know not to beg... and I avoid feeding them our food as much as possible. My husband? He's another story... he sneaks little bits to Bingo now and then (but at least not while we are dining).

Nov 20, 2023 11:46 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Nina, not a problem here.  Izzi won't eat even treats, only likes her catfood.  Lucy loves chicken and turkey, but won't feed her anything else.

Nov 22, 2023 01:21 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Joan Cox Mr. Marlow likes a few bites of chicken or turkey. He's not big on treats, but he seems to like Greenies for cats, which is good for their teeth. Bingo, of course, would eat anything that we eat! Not that we allow him to do so.

Nov 22, 2023 01:49 PM
Joan Cox

Lucy will eat SOME greenies, but Izzi won't touch them.

Nov 22, 2023 02:11 PM