Thanksgiving Safety Tips

posted November 15th, 2011 by
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By Kiley Roberson

It’s Turkey time!  Thanksgiving is all about family, friends, fun, and, of course, food.  Those mouthwatering dishes are sure to have Fido begging for a bite, but be careful with your pet’s taste testing. Holiday dinner dangers could make your pet anything but thankful and land everyone a trip to the vet. Check out the following tips from the ASPCA for a fulfilling Thanksgiving that you and your pets can enjoy.
If you decide to feed your pet a nibble of turkey, make sure it’s boneless and well-cooked.  Don’t offer her raw or undercooked turkey, which may contain salmonella bacteria.
Sage can make your Thanksgiving stuffing taste delish, but it, and many other herbs, contain essential oils and resins that can cause gastrointestinal upset and central nervous system problems for pets, especially our feline friends.
Don’t spoil your pet’s holiday by giving him raw bread dough.   According to ASPCA experts, when raw bread dough is ingested, an animal’s body heat causes the dough to rise in his stomach.   As it expands, the pet may experience vomiting, severe abdominal pain and bloating, which could become a life-threatening emergency, requiring surgery.
If you’re dabbling in desserts, be sure your pets keep their noses out of the batter, especially if it includes raw eggs – they could contain salmonella bacteria that may lead to food poisoning.
A few small boneless pieces of cooked turkey, a taste of mashed potato or even a lick of pumpkin pie shouldn’t pose a problem. However, don’t allow your pets to overindulge, as they could wind up with a case of stomach upset, diarrhea or even worse, an inflammatory condition of the pancreas known as pancreatitis.   In fact, it’s best to keep pets on their regular diets during the holidays.

While the humans are chowing down, give your cat and dog their own little feast.  Stuff their usual dinner – perhaps with a few added tidbits of turkey and vegetables (try sweet potato or green beans)- inside a Kong toy.  They’ll be happily occupied for awhile, working hard to extract their dinner delights.

Everyone at TulsaPets Magazine wishes you and your furry friends a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

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