Thanksgiving is a day focused on family, friends, and of course food. While we enjoy a wide array of delicious dishes, it’s important to know some plates pose a danger to pets.
To keep your pets safe, happy, and healthy this Thanksgiving we’ve put together a list of what treats can be shared.
- Pass the Turkey: Turkey is generally tolerated well in small amounts. But, avoid offering your pet seasoned or fatty pieces and remove all bones. These parts of the meat can cause
- Skip the Stuffing: Stuffing can contain toxic ingredients like grapes, raisins, and onions. The seasonings used can also cause an upset stomach.
- A Piece of the Pie: While pumpkin pie is a holiday staple, it contains too much sugar for dogs and cats. However, you can offer plain canned pumpkin in place of a pie. Pumpkin aids in digestion and provides a new flavor for pets.
- Potatoes for Pets: Similar to turkey, sweet potatoes or regular potatoes can be a great treat when served plain. Offer small unseasoned pieces to see if your pet likes the taste.
- Ditch the Dairy: Butter, milk, and other dairy products can cause vomiting or diarrhea because they irritate the digestive system.
- Infamous Chocolate: While we may love this decadent dessert ingredient, it is dangerous to dogs and cats. Chocolate is toxic to pets so keep a watchful eye around Fluffy or Fido around dessert dishes!
What to do if A Pet Ingests a Toxic Food
Signs of toxicity can vary depending on what your pet has ingested. Some possible symptoms include vomiting, drooling, shaking, diarrhea, lack of coordination, lethargy, coughing, trouble breathing, and seizures.
Call your veterinarian or the nearest animal hospital as soon as you suspect your pet has eaten something poisonous. Some reactions can be delayed, so if there is evidence they have eaten the whole pie off the counter but still seem fine, err on the side of caution and seek medical help.
Another resource to contact is the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) hotline. You can call (888) 426-4435 for any animal poison-related emergency, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
We hope you enjoy a safe and relaxing holiday with all those you love!
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