If you’re tempted to share your Thanksgiving meal with your dog or cat, think again.
Turkey and stuffing and all the rich foods that go along with Thanksgiving can lead to abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting for pets. At least according to an article I read today, and my friend who’s a vet.
There are people out there who actually think about feeding their pets a traditional Thanksgiving meal, complete with turkey and stuffing. A meal like that can be lethal to pets, so please don’t do it.
Here are some safety tips to keep in mind:
- Keep your pet on its regular food and routine feeding schedule.
- Do not feed your pet any turkey. The seasoning, skin and gravy can cause inflammation of the pancreas.
- Do not give your pet bones. Turkey bones are particularly dangerous because the bones can splinter and cause intestinal damage.
- Secure the garbage can. Don’t make it easy for your pet to help itself to tossed table scraps.
- Spiked eggnog is a no-no. Alcohol can cause coma and death. Eggnog can cause diarrhea.
- If necessary, keep your dog in another room during dinnertime so it can’t beg at the table.
If you must, buy some canned food and mold it into a turkey shape. But beforefeeding any people food to your pets always, always check with your veterinarian first!