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Is there anything better than sharing the holidays with friends and family as warm, delicious smells from the kitchen roll through the house? Turkey and stuffing. Pumpkin Pie. Mashed potatoes and gravy. Casseroles. Hot rolls and butter.
While eating this yearly feast, it’s hard to overlook the large, pleading eyes of our loving pets. They’ll camp out underneath our feet and under the table, looking for a holiday hand out. What many of us don’t realize, or choose to ignore, is that by giving in and feeding your pooch or your kitty a scrap of table food, it can make your pet ill.
Here are a few food items that you should avoid feeding your pet during this festive time of the year:
Raw Dough – Yeast dough rises and can cause gas to build up in your pet’s digestive track. This can be quite painful to your pet, and can cause the stomach or intestines to rupture. The risk is substantially lower after the dough is cooked.
Onions, Garlic, and Chives – These herbs and vegetables can cause gastrointestinal irritation.
Turkey – Many websites will say it’s safe to feed a small portion of turkey to your pet and should not cause a problem. The key word is “should.” It does not mean it won’t. If you have many dogs in the house (as I do), one dog may be fine after eating turkey, while another may become ill. It’s the reason why Dr. Staub advises not to feed your pets turkey. The chances of pancreatitis also rise if you feed your pet turkey skin.
Grapes and Raisins – Though the veterinary community doesn’t understand why these two items are toxic to your pets, the fact remains that it can cause kidney failure if your pet ingests either of these items. Caution is recommended when handling these fruits as they are easily dropped on the floor.
Macadamia Nuts – Many people will use these nuts in their cookies and candies, however, they can cause problems for your canine companion. The signs are weakness, depression, vomiting, and tremors. These symptoms will usually appear around 12 hours after a dog eats a macadamia nut, and can last 12 to 48 hours.
Chocolate – When pets eat chocolates, it can make them quite ill. Depending on what kind of chocolate your pet ate can vary the degree of illness. A good tip to remember is: the darker the chocolate the more harmful it is. Dark chocolate is the most dangerous while milk chocolate is less so, with white chocolate being the least dangerous. Symptoms can include vomiting, diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, and seizures. If you see any of these signs with your pets, please call your local veterinarian.
This being said, there are healthy people foods you can give to your pet without the harmful side effects. They include: Sliced apples (no seeds), green beans, bananas, cucumber and zucchini slices, cooked (plain) pasta, and carrot sticks. If anything, your pets still love milk bones and kitty treats.
I wish all of your family (two legged and four) a Happy Thanksgiving!
Greg The Pet Guy.