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Are You Serving Poison for Thanksgiving?

albuquerque thanksgivingAre you ready for Thanksgiving? More importantly, are you ready for Thanksgiving with your pet?

Is Your Thanksgiving Dinner Poison?

Your delicious Thanksgiving dinner could be poison to your pet. Not all human food is good for your pet to eat. Make sure you know what your pet can and cannot eat, so no one gets sick.

  • Fatty Foods: Fatty foods are hard for animals to digest. They are also known to cause pancreatitis in dogs. One of the signs of pancreatitis is vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy. It can also be deadly.
  • Not Healthy: Raisins, grapes, and onions might make up a healthy diet for humans, but for our pets, it is poison. These foods are very difficult to digest and can cause various gastrointestinal issues.
  • No Chocolate: Your dog may want some chocolate pie, but do not share it. Chocolate is very bad for pets and can even be deadly to cats and dogs.
  • Sweeteners: Many of us are swapping out sugar for sugar alternatives so we can be a bit healthier when we eat our desserts. A common artificial sweetener called xylitol, commonly used in gum and sugar-free baked goods, can be deadly to cats and dogs.
  • Dough: Dough can be a special treat for kids but can cause painful gas and dangerous bloating in your pet, especially dough that contains yeast. If you want to give your pet a sweet treat, make them a nice homemade dog biscuit.
  • Take out the Trash: You are doing a great job at putting away all the food on the counter and not giving your dog scraps. But when you have your back turned, he may start digging in the trash, where he gets his mouth around all sorts of food he shouldn’t be eating, like turkey bones, strings, and packaging. Keep your trash in a tightly closed bin, or take it out.
  • Centerpiece: No one thinks about the pet eating the table centerpiece or that pretty bouquet of flowers your guests brought. But there are plenty of plants that are toxic to your pets. These include amaryllis, Baby’s Breath, Sweet William, some ferns, hydrangeas, and more.

Food Safety

Make sure you take precautions with all your food prep. You don’t want your pets or family to get sick because of a foodborne illness. Hand washing and proper food prep are important. Make sure you know about safe food handling and preparation to keep your whole family safe. The U.S. Department of Agriculture offers tips for handling, thawing, and cooking turkey, as well as saving your leftovers. Because nothing ruins Thanksgiving like food poisoning.

If you notice your pet vomiting, having diarrhea, lethargy, or loss of appetite, please call your vet immediately.