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Thanksgiving Day Safety for Your Pets

It may seem silly to think that we need to be cautious about our pets’ safety on Thanksgiving. After all, what is there to fear? No fireworks, no trick-or-treaters coming to the door, no candy and chocolate around to be eaten. The danger lies in the food.

We’re all guilty of it – sneaking our pets scraps and leftovers from the table. Or even serving them their own Thanksgiving Day feast. But not all of the food on the table is safe to be served to our four-legged family members. Many of the foods can be toxic and even deadly!

Turkey
This is a great meat to serve for our pets. Turkey is a lean, white meat that is lower in fat than other meats, especially red meats. Allowing your dog or cat some cuts of turkey is fine, but be sure to serve white meat and not the fatty dark meat. This will be easier for them to digest and is less fattening as well. Be sure the meat is trimmed of fat, skin and does not contain any bone, which brings us to our next danger…

Turkey Bones
Like chicken, turkey bones are brittle and break apart easily into sharp, stabbing shards. If your pet ingests a piece of or chows down on a bone, these splintered pieces could lodge into their intestinal walls, causing blockages and even tears in the organ. Secure the turkey carcass and bones where your pet cannot access it.

Onion and garlic
Garlic & Onions

Garlic, onions, leeks and chives are of the Allium family which are all toxic to dogs and cats. Too much of any or all of these can cause nausea, diarrhea, vomiting and elevated heart rate. Foods that contain these toxicities, such as stuffing or deviled eggs, should be avoided for your pets as well.

Sugars & Artificial Sweeteners
Sugar is an additive that our pets (and we) could do without. Too much sugar can upset their stomachs causing diarrhea and vomiting. Artificial sweeteners, on the other hand, are much more dangerous. Xylitol can be deadly to pets. This chemical is found in many artificial sweeteners such as those present in gum, mints, toothpaste and baked goods. Since it may not be possible to find out if Xylitol is an ingredient used, it is safer to have our pets skip those sweet treats!

What can our pets have from the table? More than it seems!Fresh Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is an excellent treat for our pets, especially cats who frequently suffer from UTIs. If the cranberry sauce is made from scratch, share with your pets! Canned cranberry sauce contains too much sugar for our canine and feline friends.

Pumpkin, of course, is a great treat! While you’re purchasing the pumpkin for the pie, pick up a can for the pets. Double check the label for 100% pure pumpkin and not pumpkin mix. Share this with the furry family members before adding the sugars and other ingredients to make pie.

 

Lean, white meat turkey, fresh cranberry sauce and pure pumpkin sure sounds like a healthy, delicious Thanksgiving meal for any pet!