Thanksgiving Foods You Need to Keep Away from Your Pet
As Thanksgiving approaches, it’s time to prepare for the festivities and, of course, the food. While sharing a meal with your family is part of the holiday charm, some of those tasty dishes can be harmful to your four-legged family members. At Dyer Animal Clinic, we’re here to make sure your Thanksgiving is not just fun but safe for everyone. So, let’s dive into what foods to keep away from your pet this holiday season.
Quick note: For any pet-related concerns during the holidays, please give us a call at (219) 865-3737 or book an appointment online.
The Dangers Lurking in Your Thanksgiving Spread
Toxic Food Items for Pets
Sure, that turkey looks delicious, but sharing it with Fluffy or Fido could spell trouble. Here are some common Thanksgiving foods that are toxic to pets:
- Grapes and Raisins: These small fruits can lead to kidney failure in dogs.
- Onions and Garlic: Both contain substances that can damage red blood cells in pets.
- Chocolate: A well-known danger to dogs, but also risky for cats.
High-Fat Foods and Bones
You might be tempted to toss a turkey leg to your pup, but high-fat foods and bones can be hazardous.
- Turkey Skin: It’s loaded with fat, which is difficult for pets to digest and can lead to pancreatitis.
- Cooked Bones: They can splinter and become choking hazards or cause internal injuries.
Spices and Seasonings
Thanksgiving isn’t complete without a burst of flavors, but spices and seasonings like nutmeg and sage can be toxic for pets.
- Nutmeg: Often found in pies and side dishes, it can cause seizures in dogs.
- Sage: While flavorful for us, it contains oils that can upset a pet’s stomach and affect their nervous system.
Safer Alternatives for a Pet-Friendly Feast
Thanksgiving is about inclusivity, so why not make a separate, pet-safe dish?
- Plain Turkey: A few pieces of unseasoned, cooked turkey can be a nice treat.
- Steamed Veggies: Plain carrots or green beans can provide a healthy crunch.
Remember, moderation is key. And if you’re unsure, better to skip it.
Wrap-Up and Next Steps
We all want to spoil our pets a little, especially during the holidays. But your pet’s safety is paramount. Keep these tips in mind to ensure a happy and healthy Thanksgiving for the entire family.
Got questions or concerns? We’re here to help! Call Dyer Animal Clinic at (219) 865-3737 or book an appointment online for professional advice tailored to your pet’s needs. Wishing you a safe and joyful Thanksgiving from all of us at Dyer Animal Clinic!
Disclaimer: This blog is intended for informational purposes only and should not be considered as medical advice. For any health concerns regarding your pet, consult with a qualified veterinarian.
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