Although our pets are part of the family too, this doesn’t mean they should eat everything we eat. While some food we eat is ok to give them, many are not. This Thanksgiving, you want to be thankful you have your pets to be there for you the way they are and loving you unconditionally the way they do. So, in honor of Thanksgiving, here are six different foods you MUST keep out of your pets reach to keep them safe.
Stuffing is a favorite among everyone this time of year. However, it is made with onions and garlic and these can be deadly for your pet. Keep the stuffing out of your dogs and cats bowls this year.
5, Ham and other pork products
If you are serving ham this year instead of turkey or even with a turkey to feed your many hungry guests, you might be tempted to share it with your pets. Don’t! Ham and other pork products can make them sick. It can cause diarrhea, vomiting, upset stomach, and worst of all, pancreatitis. Keep the ham out of reach from your pets to keep them safe!
4, Turkey bones
Dogs love any kind of bones and this year during Thanksgiving there will be plenty of them leftover from the huge turkey you will be serving everyone. While you might be tempted to give them a treat, don’t give them any kind of bones from chicken or turkey because not only can they splinter and cause damage to intestines or the inside of the stomach but they can also puncture their stomachs and cause a rare infection in their abdomen.
3, Mashed potatoes
Potatoes are a safe food for them to eat but not mashed potatoes because they are made with milk and butter which are not good for pets. This is because some animals are lactose intolerant and if your pets are, mashed potatoes made with milk and butter can cause diarrhea in them. Not only this, but some mashed potato recipes call for onion powder and garlic powder and these can be fatal to your dogs and cats.
2, Fruit salads with grapes or raisins
Both grapes and raisins are toxic to dogs and cats and need to be kept away from them. In fact, grapes can actually cause kidney failure in dogs.
1, Chocolate pie
The darker the chocolate is, the more toxic it can be to your pets. Keep the chocolate pie away from your dogs and cats for this reason. They do love the smell and taste and might stare at you with their cute puppy dog eyes but don’t let them con you into giving it to them.
According to Dr. Baxter from Vet On Demand, you should also keep your pets from the following foods:
- Bakers and high percent Cacao are the worst kind of chocolate you can feed your pet because they contain a drug that affects their breathing as well as caffeine and everyone knows what caffeine does.
- As well as turkey bones, you should also keep your pet away from turkey fat such as the skin. It affects their stomach and can also cause Pancreatitis.
- Alcohol should be kept away from your pets as well. Although most pets don’t like the smell or the taste of alcohol, many are attracted to what is mixed in with it.
- You may be enjoying the holidays with some marijuana but please don’t give it to your pets. If you have any around your house, always keep it away from them because they may seem funny when they first get high but after that, they could go into shock.
- Nutmeg is another one to keep away from your pets. Although it isn’t a common one, it can still make them sick.
- Raw eggs and meat can cause salmonella in your pets which can be deadly.
- Dairy products can cause upset stomach and make them vomit.
- Sugar free gum and candies can cause their blood sugar to drop to dangerously low levels. Keep away from your pets.
In any case, you should have the Vet On Demand app ready in case something happens. Vet On Demand allows you to speak to a veterinarian on the spot with the app. Download it now just so you can be safe instead of sorry!
Some of the great features of Vet On Demand include the following:
- Real time consultant with a vet
- The ability to track your visiting history
- Find your new favorite vet
- Digital health records for your pet
It is worth the download because you never know what can happen to your loving pet. Having it is great for those just in case moments because it really is better to be safe than sorry!