Thanksgiving Tips for Pets

November 20, 2015 01:00 PM

Thanksgiving is a week away and we’re dreaming of turkey with all the trimmings. On Thanksgiving and other holidays, it’s tempting to share the bounty on the table with our pets. After all, they’re family, too, right? Of course they are and we love them but need to be extremely cautious when sharing holiday treats with our dogs and cats. Here’s a short list (not complete) of foods to keep away from Fido and Fluffy:

  • Alcohol can cause stomach upset and vomiting, difficulty breathing and even death. Remember that alcohol can be found in food as well as drinks, e.g. rum cake.
  • Chocolate and coffee contain a compound that can cause vomiting and diarrhea, heart arrhythmias, and seizures in dogs and cats. The darker the chocolate, the more dangerous it is for pets.
  • Onions and garlic are particularly risky for cats. These ingredients can cause stomach irritation which can leading to red blood cell damage in both cats and dogs.
  • Milk products can result in digestive upset and diarrhea in cats and dogs because our pets’ stomachs do not have enough lactose to break down the lactase in milk.

Small amounts of turkey and bits of sweet potato should be safe for most pets. Adding a little to their regular meal will allow them to share in the festivities while remaining healthy. More than food, our love is what they crave most.




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