You might be tempted to let your pet join in the Thanksgiving feast. But Thanksgiving for dogs is much safer if you don’t let him gobble up any of the day’s fare. While Thanksgiving is generally a time to enjoy great food, you shouldn’t overindulge your pooch. Many Thanksgiving foods can really affect your pet’s digestive tract…and lead to an upset tummy, or worse!
One of the greatest offenders is actually the most common food of the day: turkey! Turkey for dogs is not healthy. The turkey meat itself isn’t as harmful as other parts of the bird are. Turkey skin can wreak havoc on your pet’s stomach and cause vomiting or diarrhea. Also, a more serious condition called pancreatitis can cause similar problems. Pancreatitis is when the pancreas becomes inflamed because of eating too much fatty food. Besides vomiting, it can also cause pain in the abdomen.
A second turkey-related problem can come from your pet ingesting those bird’s bones. Bones are very sharp, and can stay in an animal’s body for days.
One more thing to keep an eye on might seem fairly tame. Onions for dogs is not a good idea. Onions and onion powder are commonly found in stuffing and can be used as a seasoning. If a pet gets too much, the onion will destroy your dog’s or cat’s red blood cells. This will result in anemia. The most common way to tell if your pets have accidentally eaten some onion is if they have a lack of appetite and seem tired.
If you suspect that your pet has eaten something funny, give your veterinarian or local animal hospital a call.
Thanksgiving is a time for you to feast, but keep an eye on your plate! Instead of sharing food, let your pet celebrate by enjoying visits from well-wishers and family!
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