Minnow here. Can you believe we are in the midst of holiday season and it is almost Thanksgiving?! Sometimes it feels like we jump from Halloween right to Christmas (who’s already seen a Christmas commercial?), but let’s take some time to talk about and enjoy Thanksgiving! And as always, talk about some things to be mindful of for your pets. Since this is a food-filled holiday, let’s focus on all those yummy foods we love, but that can be harmful or toxic to pets. Allow me to elaborate.
- Turkey (the main event!):
- It is okay to give your pet a small amount of well-cooked, white turkey meat, but be cautious of the amount. Over indulging can potentially cause inflammation of the pancreas, also known as pancreatitis. Symptoms can vary from mild vomiting or diarrhea to severe, potentially fatal disease.
- Make sure the meat is thoroughly cooked. Just as undercooked meat can be dangerous for people, the same is true for pets. Salmonella is a bacteria that can be present in contaminated food, and if ingested, can cause diarrhea.
- Look out for bones! Be sure to give meat that does not have any bones or fragments remaining in it. Although most bones, if ingested, are unlikely to cause any issues, it is not worth the risk! Bones could cause an irritation or even a blockage of the stomach or intestines, and as we have learned before, blockages often need to be surgically corrected. So save the fun of the wishbone for yourself, not your pet!
- Onions (that yummy ingredient in many side dishes):
- Even cooked, onions can pose a serious threat to pets. Anemia (break down of red blood cells) can be seen when pets ingest a large amount of onions. Although it usually takes a large amount of onion to cause a problem, small dogs only need to eat a small amount to put them at risk. Better to save all the stuffing for yourself 🙂
- Grapes (and raisins!)
- A yummy little fruit, but potentially very dangerous! It is not known exactly why, but raisins and grapes have caused kidney failure in some animals that eat them. Since the toxic ingredient has yet to be identified, it is believed that even a single grape could cause major illness. For this reason, avoid feeding grapes/raisins, or dishes containing them, to your pet.
- If you are going all-out for the holiday and making your own bread, be sure to keep the rising dough out of reach of your pet. If raw dough is ingested, it can continue to rise/enlarge within the stomach causing severe distention and discomfort. If severe enough, surgical intervention to remove the dough can be necessary. So wait until the dough is out of the oven, and then feel free to let your dog enjoy the fresh bread, in moderation of course 😉
The ASPCA has more information on their website at http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/thanksgiving-safety-tips. Once at that website, look for the article “People Food to Avoid Feeding Your Pets.” This is very helpful, and covers all foods to be wary of, not just ones specific to Thanksgiving.
Crossroads will be closed for Thanksgiving from November 24th to November 27th. We will re-open on Monday, November 28th at 8:00am. Should you need veterinary assistance, the Veterinary Emergency Center of Manchester is open 24 hours, 365 days of the year, and can be reached at (603)666-6677. Rockingham Emergency Veterinary Hospital (in Windham) is also available 24 hours, 365 days of the year, and they can be reached at (603)870-9770.
We hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy spending time with your loved ones. And eating! 🙂
Minnow and the entire staff of Crossroads Animal Hospital