You may not think you need to think about pet safety at Thanksgiving. But, the most famous feast of the year is full of dangerous toxins that can make your pet ill or even kill them.
Some vets refer to Black Friday as Pancreatitis Friday. Read these tips to keep your pet safe and stay out of the vet’s office, so you can stay in the stores and shop on Black Friday!
Thanksgiving Food You Should NOT Feed Your Pet!
• Turkey skin, drippings, or gravy – These can lead to pancreatitis or inflammation of the stomach or intestines.
• Turkey Twine – This is the string used to tie the turkey legs. If your cat decides to get ahold of this, it could cause serere intestinal blockage. Keep it away and out of sight.
•Turkey Bones – The bones are extremely brittle and can puncture and break inside their digestive tract. NEVER give your pet a turkey bone to chew on!
• Corn on the Cob – Can lead to intestinal blockages.
• Stuffing – The onions and garlic are toxic as well as many of the spices that are used. Sage is extremely upsetting to pets, especially cats.
• Raisins/Grapes – These are harmful to a dog’s kidneys.
• Mushrooms – These can produce damage to a number of internal organs, including kidneys, liver, and the central nervous system. If a dog eats mushrooms, seizures, coma, vomiting, even death can occur.
• Mashed Potatoes – The butter and fat can cause pancreatitis.
• Candied Yams – Too much butter and fat, leads to an inflamed pancreas . . a.k.a pancreatitis.
• Bread Dough – According to ASPCA experts, “when raw bread dough is ingested, an animal’s body heat causes the dough to rise in his stomach. As it expands, the pet may experience vomiting, severe abdominal pain and bloating, which could become a life-threatening emergency, requiring surgery.”
• Chocolate – Most pet owners already know this, but some do not. Chocolate, especially Bakers Chocolate can make your pet severely ill or even kill them if ingested.
• Alchohol – Alcohol can cause intoxication, panting, fever, racing heart, liver damage, even coma, seizures and death.
Thanksgiving Pet Safety Tips
Keep the Doors Closed!
It is very easy for your pet to run away on Thanksgiving. Think about it. You have guests coming and going all day long. It wouldn’t take but a second for your pet to run out the door. Plus, you are busy entertaining so you may not even notice they are gone until it’s too late.
To keep your cats and dogs safe, confine them to one room or put them in their crate. It will prevent them from escaping and from eating any table scraps! Make sure they have their collar and Pet ID tags on.
How to Involve Your Pets
The best bet when it comes to chowing down at Thanksgiving with your pets is to not give them any human food. That’s my rule with Chuy Chihuahua. He has an extremely sensitive stomach and we just can’t afford to have anything happen to him. In leu of his normal kibble, we give him the Blue Buffalo Thanksgiving Feast canned food. We might give him a tiny piece of white, plain turkey meat. But, that’s about it. Educate yourself, use your best judgment, enjoy the day, and have fun!
PS – Don’t forget to give thanks for all the things you are grateful for!
Happy Thanksgiving! Gobble Gobble!