Thanksgiving Tips to Keep your pet Happy and Healthy this Holiday Season

shutterstock_12404275Thanksgiving is a time for friends and family to get together and give their thanks, all while feasting on the traditional culinary delights.  This time can also be potentially harmful for our animal companions if they get their paws on the wrong treats. The following are tips for a rewarding Thanksgiving that your fur kids can enjoy too.

Turkey.  Small amounts of cooked turkey may not be harmful for our pets, just make sure the piece(s) given are boneless and well-cooked.  Bones and undercooked turkey can cause serious gastrointestinal issues for your pet.

Bread.  While cooked breads are not a potential health hazard for our animals, uncooked bread dough is.  Uncooked yeasty bread dough, if consumed, can cause the dough to rise in the stomach resulting in gastric-dilation volvulus (GDV), commonly known as bloat. 

Stuffing.  Stuffing may be delicious for us, but is high in sodium, and can contain onions, leeks, and garlic.  These vegetables, known as alliums, can cause a host of illnesses including gastric distress and blood disorders.

Desserts.  A lick of pumpkin or apple pie may not be harmful, but desserts generally are high in fat and sugar, which can lead to stomach upset, diarrhea, or even worse, an inflammatory condition known as pancreatitis.

To enjoy Thanksgiving with our animals, treat them to their own pet-friendly Thanksgiving feast.  Offer them their favorite pet treats during the main meal while the family is gathered around the table, or add bits of veggies to their regular dinner – like green beans or sweet potatoes, just be sure they are plain. 

A few small bites of cooked turkey, some veggies, and perhaps a lick or two of pumpkin pie may not be problematic for our fur kids, but it is important to not let our pets overindulge this holiday season.  It is best to have our pets stick to their regular diets throughout the holidays, but if you think your pet had a little too much turkey and is not feeling well, please contact our office immediately.