The smell of turkey and stuffing in the air makes it very tempting for our pets. You know the ones that will most likely be at our feet following us around the kitchen all weekend, looking up at us & begging with those hungry pet eyes.
I admit it’s hard to resist giving each one of those cute little faces a little something extra around any holiday. However, it’s also a time to be extra careful and cautious, as certain foods can be dangerous & potentially deadly to our beloved 4 legged friends.
If you tend to give in a little like me, it’s ok to give your pet a small piece of turkey as a treat. You do need to make sure it is fully cooked to kill any salmonella bacteria as well as boneless. Bones are a big NoNo! Small bones can become lodged in your pet’s throat, stomach or intestinal tract. They can also break & splinter causing extensive damage. Fat trimmings should also not be given to pets. Fat & skin off of meat are hard for our pets to digest and can often cause vomiting & diarrhea. And, in some extreme cases Pancreatitis.
Onions,garlic, raisins & grapes should also be avoided as well as mushrooms. They can damage the internal organs, including kidneys, liver and the central nervous system. Sage, a common cooking herb that can help make our turkey taste delish, as well as some others can cause gastrointestinal upset and central nervous system depression if eaten in large quantities. Cats are especially drawn to these herbs are should be carefully watched especially if they are known to surf the counter tops helping themselves to whatever they please. Make sure
that after use, bags or containers of herbs are sealed and put away.
Also Walnuts & Macadamia Nuts can cause weakness, depression, incoordination and tremors. In addition the high fat levels of these nuts may also cause pancreatitis in dogs, resulting in severe vomiting & diarrhea.
Remember a few small boneless pieces of cooked turkey, a small spoonful of mashed potatoes, or even a little lick of that pumpkin pie shouldn’t pose a problem to your pet. However, too much of a good thing, like allowing your pets to overindulge could make your pet sick, ending up at the vet’s office, which is never a fun way to spend a holiday.
Pet tip: Keep your pets out of the kitchen when cooking. That way, just in case there is an accident and something ends up falling on the floor, you can be sure it won’t get into any hungry mouths just sitting & waiting just for something to fall.
Please remember our hospitals will be closed Thanksgiving Monday, and will re-open regular business hours Tuesday Oct 9th.
Sarah B. VT.