Congratulations to all of you new pet parents this year! Our animal shelters haven’t been this low on adoptable pets in forever so I know there are quite a few of you out there that might be wondering if Fido can have some Thanksgiving turkey! The answer is yes and no. Here are some helpful tips when it comes to your pet eating dinner with you.
In general, avoid anything with lots of ingredients, like butter, salt, and other spices. Here is a list of the four that you DEFINITELY want to avoid…
1. Turkey after it’s been seasoned. Unseasoned is okay, and white meat is better than dark. But don’t give them the skin. And never give them the carcass, because the bones can splinter and mess up their insides.
2. Garlic and onions. Enough of them can mess with their red blood cell count. The same goes for chives and scallions. So things like stuffing and gravy are off limits.
3. Raisins, grapes, and currants. They can cause kidney failure in dogs, and some types of cats. So be safe and don’t give them any.
4. Baked goods, especially if they’re sugar-free. Too much sugar can cause pancreatitis. So things like pie and whipped cream aren’t good for pets. Sugar-free stuff is worse. Xylitol can make their blood sugar plummet and cause liver failure. It tends to happen fast, so be really careful with anything sugar-free.