How to treat your dog safely at Thanksgiving!

October 05, 2018

On this weekend of Thanksgiving, food becomes a big part of our celebrations. Amid all the hub and festivities, we must pause to wonder - who is under the table looking for droppings, scoping out the food left on the coffee table and desperately hoping that the green bin lid is left open? Our furry canine companions, of course!

As tempting as it is to treat our dogs on Thanksgiving, we must remember that as bad as it is for us to over indulge - it is even more dangerous for them, especially when more than one person in the room is sharing tid bits and handing out snacks.

The new, unusual and fatty foods that accompany our typical Holiday Fare can really upset our dogs digestive tract - resulting in lethargy, vomiting and diarrhea in the hours or even the days following the events. Additionally, many of our holiday treats contain foods that are toxic to dogs - including (but not limited to) onions, macadamia nuts and chocolate. A newer threat, but a very serious one is Xylitol. Xylitol was originally the main ingredient in sugarless gum. Now it is more mainstream and may be used as a sweetener in sugar free foods and desserts. Follow this link to learn more about foods to avoid: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/people-foods-avoid-feeding-your-pets

If you do want to treat your dog, the safest bet is to purchase a favorite can of food or bag of treats to keep on hand. Otherwise, try to stick to foods that you know your dog has been exposed to and has been ok with in the past, like plain turkey or green beans. To help protect their tummy, it is best to avoid both fatty foods, like giblets, turkey skin and drippings; and sugary foods, such as maple sweet potatoes, or desserts. And of course be sure to keep the green bins and all their delicious fixings well out of reach, along with the turkey carcass and any other tempting bones.

If you have any questions or concerns about something your dog may have eaten, talk to a vet on Healthy Pets for advice. However, if your dog has ongoing vomiting or diarrhea, blood in either of those, severe lethargy or is acting in pain, we recommend that you visit your local emergency or regular clinic as soon as possible. http://www.pethealthnetwork.com/dog-health/dog-diseases-conditions-a-z/when-bring-your-dog-er

We wish you and all of your family members (furry and otherwise) a safe and peaceful Thanksgiving!