Foods to keep away from your pet on Thanksgiving
Mar 10, 2023
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As we give thanks and show our gratitude this holiday season, let’s not forget to be mindful of what delicious thanksgiving meals find their way to our pets, as some ingredients have been proven to be highly toxic to them. Unfortunately, veterinarians confirm that not only do our tables get busy during this special holiday, but veterinary clinics and emergency hospitals can also get just as busy for all sorts of gastrointestinal issues in dogs and cats. PetClever’s team has done their research to keep you informed on how to avoid an urgent trip to the vet this thanksgiving, by providing you with a list of foods to be wary of.
That delicious turkey skin:
High-fat foods, in general, can be extremely hazardous to your pet’s health, the marinade, the spices, butter, and oils collected in the skin can be difficult to digest, resulting in signs of pancreatitis.
There have been numerous cases of cooked turkey and ham bones splintering in dogs’ digestive tract, spare your pet the abdominal pain and yourself a potential trip to the vet by disposing of all bones carefully so your pet isn’t tempted to dig them out of the trash after dinner.
Onions and Garlic:
Whether they’re cooked or raw, the sulfides they contain remain very toxic to your pets and could lead to anemia.
Nuts and Nutmeg:
Walnuts and macadamia ingestion in dogs have been associated with a nonfatal syndrome characterized by vomiting, fever, weakness, and elevated heart rate, your dog might not die from it, but it will be a very unhappy thanksgiving for him. The nutmeg on the other hand can cause seizures and central nervous system problems if ingested by your pet.
Chocolate, Xylitol, dough, and the batter:
Chocolate and the artificial sweeter Xylitol found in many sweets are very known to be toxic for pets, but did you know that dough can actually rise inside your pet’s stomach causing bloating and pain.
The list of toxic foods continues to include grapes, raisins, mushrooms, peach pits, and alcoholic beverages. This article, however, doesn’t include an exhaustive list, and any decision to provide your pet with food not specifically intended for animals should be discussed with your veterinarian or pet nutritionist.
Make sure to be well informed for the sake of your pet’s well-being, and most importantly, let prevention become your strategy this thanksgiving; don’t invite your pets to the dinner table, spread the word and make it known to your guests that you’d prefer if they refrain from giving treats to your pet, even if they deliver their best puppy eyes performance or reenact the puss in boots innocent eyes scene.