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Be Prepared When Your Pet Comes Begging
With the holidays approaching, your dog or cat will inevitably be begging to partake in the big turkey dinner. When polled, 56 percent of petMD readers admitted to sharing Thanksgiving table scraps with their pets. While this can be a wonderful way to add lean protein and fresh veggies to your pet’s diet, there are also hidden dangers in holiday fare. This year, before preparing a heaping plateful for your pet, consult a vet and consider these 10 tips to keep Thanksgiving a safe, healthful holiday for your dog or cat.
#10 Yes to Turkey
Turkey can be a wonderful lean protein to share with your pet. You will just want to be sure to remove any excess skin or fat, stick with white meat, and make sure there are no bones.
#9 No to Alliums
Nothing with alliums (i.e., onions, garlic, leeks, scallions) should be ingested by your pet. While it is true that small, well-cooked portions of these foods can be okay if your pet is used to it, ingesting these foods in large quantities can lead to toxic anemia.
#8 Yes to Mashed Potatoes
Potatoes are a great, filling vegetable to share with your pet. However even though the potatoes themselves are not harmful to pets, be aware of additional ingredients used to make mashed potatoes. Cheese, sour cream, butter, onions, and gravies are no-no’s in a pet’s diet.
#7 No to Grapes
Many people are unaware that grapes, and subsequently raisins, can be toxic to pets. The fruit has been shown to cause kidney failure in dogs.
#6 Yes to Cranberry Sauce
Cranberry sauce is just fine for pets but watch the amount of sugar in it. It is probably best to only provide a small helping to your pet’s plate.
#5 No to Xylitol
While you may be making the healthier choice by cooking with artificial sweeteners over the real thing, sweeteners containing Xylitol are poisonous to animals, and potentially deadly to dogs.
#4 Yes to Macaroni and Cheese
If you know your pet’s stomach handles dairy alright, macaroni and cheese is a safe leftover to share. If you are unsure though, it may be best to just give plain macaroni. Cats often develop lactose intolerance when they become adults.
#3 No to Chocolate
Chocolate is a well known off limits indulgence for pets. During the holidays however, baking chocolate is used in recipes and sometimes forgotten about by the time the dishes hit the table. Make sure this holiday season that your pet does not ingest any chocolate, especially the baking kind.
#2 Yes to Green Beans
Plain green beans are a wonderful treat for pets. Fresh vegetables are a great addition to any diet. If the green beans are included in a green bean casserole though, be conscious of the other ingredients in it.
#1 No to Alcohol
Alcohol is definitely a big no for pets. What we people may consider a small amount can be toxic for a smaller animal. Also, keep in mind that alcohol poisoning can occur in pets from atypical items like fruit cake (the recipe may have called for rum or other liquor), as well as unbaked bread.
COMMENTS FROM LOVINMYPUP ADMINISTRATOR:
I LOVED THE WAY THIS ARTICLE DISSECTED THE THANKSGIVING PLATE AND APPROACHED EACH FOOD AS ITS AFFECT ON YOUR DOG AND/OR CAT’S PHYSICAL WELLNESS. THE ONE THING THAT I WAS SHOCKED AT WAS THE #1 NO-NO IE. ALCOHOL. DOES ANYONE OUT THERE EVER GIVE YOUR DOG OR CAT ALCOHOL? I REALLY FIND THAT SO HARD TO BELIEVE. IN MY SENIOR YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL I WAS ASSIGNED TO TESTS THE EFFECTS OF INGESTING ALCOHOL ON LAB MICE IN CHEMISTRY CLASS. I NOT ONLY GOT THE LITTLE CRITTER COMPLETELY DRUNK (IT WAS QUITE COMICAL TO SEE THE LITTLE GUY TRYING TO WALK AROUND HIS CAGE). HOWEVER, I WAS HORRIFIED WHEN I WOKE UP THE NEXT MORNING AND CHECKED IN ON THE PURE WHITE MOUSE. I KILLED HIM WITH ALCOHOL. I WOULD NEVER THINK ABOUT GIVING A PET ALCOHOL EVER AGAIN.
THE OTHER THING I LEARNED ABOUT THIS SPECIAL DINNER WAS TOO WATCH OUT FOR THINGS MADE WITH SUBSTITUTE SWEETENER. HAVING SEVERAL DIABETIC FAMILY MEMBERS, I NOW KNOW I NEED TO ASK IF SUGAR SUBSTITUTE WAS UTILIZED IN THE THINGS THAT MIGHT HAVE SWITCHED THE ADDITIVE AND NOT USED SUGAR.
BELLA AND I WISH YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES THE HAPPIEST OF THANKSGIVING CELEBRATIONS. KEEP COMING BACK FOR MORE INFORMATION AND DON’T FORGE TO SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH YOUR PET TONIGHT!