The turkey is baking in the oven, the sweet potatoes peeled and ready to be cooked. You hear little feet following your every move in the kitchen, and realize that your furry friend is just waiting for you to slip and spill something tasty that can be gobbled up in a flash. The Thanksgiving meal is a favorite of families all across the country, but the enticing smells can also attract your dog or cats senses too. Although we normally think that giving our pets a bit of scraps from the table, especially on special occasions can’t hurt them, the truth shows otherwise.
If your pet is already wavering on the edge of being overweight, giving it tidbits from the table on Thanksgiving Day is not a good idea. The high fat content of many of the menu items can cause an already overweight dog to be more likely to become sick with vomiting or diarrhea. People foods that are high in fat content are plainly not good for dogs or cats at any time of the year, unless the Veterinarian has for some reason advised you to feed the pet table scraps.
Another problem that can arise from feeding your pet Thanksgiving food items is caused by the fact that a dogs pancreas cannot break down the enzymes in foods that are normally served for the holiday dinner.Pancreatitis is often diagnosed in an animal that doesn’t receive a healthy and well balanced diet. Adding scraps of turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, among other foods found on the dinner table, will only make this condition worse. Some of the symptoms of pancreatitis include vomiting, diarrhea, pain, whining, sudden lack of appetite and lethargy.
Another danger of feeding your pet Thanksgiving food items is that the meat may contain bones. Turkey bones splinter very easily, and when ingested by the dog or cat, can cause a multitude of health problems. When a dog finds a turkey or duck bone, they normally tend to gulp without chewing, and since these bones splinter easily, they can choke the animal. Another danger from turkey, duck or any type of bird bones, is that they can cause the pets intestines to be cut. Symptoms of a cut intestine in a cat or dog may not show up for a few days, but they include a loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea and a lack of energy.
Turkey and duck are not the only dangerous food items that tend to be present on Thanksgiving Day. Chocolate is also very dangerous to dogs. It’s best to keep all candy dishes up and as far away from the reach of the dog as possible. Although most dogs aren’t tempted by cranberry salad, a few will try anything once, and too many cranberries can cause stomach upset and diarrhea.
Sticking with regular, 100 percent nutritionally complete pet food is always best on Thanksgiving day. One tiny bite of freshly cooked turkey will not normally hurt a cat or dog, of course, but it’s best to avoid giving them a full plate of leftovers or scraps.
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