Thanksgiving enhances all the senses with delicious foods like sweet potatoes, gravy, and pumpkin pie. But it's also enticing to our furry friends too! We need to be really careful, though, what we feed our pooches, especially on Thanksgiving.
Here are 7 Foods from the Thanksgiving Table NOT To Feed Your Dog according to the American Veterinary Medical Association:
1. Turkey Bones: These are potentially fatal and can cause nasea and diarrhea.
2. Turkey Skin: There is so much fat in the skin and could trigger pancreatitis...which stops food from breaking down properly. A good alternative? A few peices of plain turkey or giblets (gizzard, liver or heart....but NO NECK because of the bones.)
3. Sweets: Chocolate can be poisonous. And the darker the chocolate, the worse it is.
4. Grapes and Raisins: These have been known to cause kidney damage in dogs.
5. Nuts: There is a high fat content in these delicious snacks ...that also may be hiding in your stuffing, that can cause vomitting, diarrhea and pancreatitis.
6. Salty Snacks: Too much of this and your dog could suffer from sodium ion poisoning. Excessive thirst and urination are good signs.
7. Garlic, onions and chives: Think mashed potatoes....these herbs can irritate doggy stomachs.
Our kitties can also suffer from some of these same ailments if they eat people food. They are also more likely to eat decorative plants which can be poisonous.
Basically, if you see your furry friend vomiting or having diarrhea, these are early signs that she needs to see a vet. Don't wait!
Happy Thanksgiving...and make sure you store the leftovers away from determined pets.