Before you treat your dog to your Thanksgiving leftovers, make sure they aren’t potentially harmful to your pet.
Don’t “give a dog a bone” (or skin)
Every year, vets see an increase in visits to the clinic for bone-related emergencies. Turkey and chicken bones can splinter, either in the throat or further down, and cause serious damage to a dog’s insides. The British Veterinary Association (BVA) explains that “turkey bones should not be given to pets as they can splinter and puncture the digestive tract.”
Even turkey skin is a no-no for pets, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association quoted in a US journal this month: “The high fat content could trigger pancreatitis, brought on when the pancreas struggles to produce the enzymes necessary to break down food.”
Festive food for pets: drop it
The BVA goes on to warn that, due to the rich foods consumed during Thanksgiving and Christmas, owners should stick to the usual pet diet routine. Too many fatty foods can “trigger indigestion, sickness and diarrhoea or even conditions from gastroenteritis to pancreatitis”.
Specific foods that can be harmful to dogs
Here’s a checklist of Thanksgiving foods that could be dangerous for your dog:
Grapes and raisins
Cranberry sauce (high sugar level)
Onions, garlic, chives etc.
Stuffing (due to the above ingredients)
Xylitol (found in sweets and pastries)
The best way to show your appreciation for your best friend this Thanksgiving, is to give your pet a healthy and balanced diet!
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