Thanksgiving feasts are wonderful times for celebrating with family and friends, where temptations abound for everyone – including your pets. You don’t need to leave your pets out of the fun – you simply need to be careful about the types of food they eat and make sure they do not overindulge. No treats under the table please!
Fatty foods can cause digestive problems for your pets, so keep them out of reach. Also be very aware of your trash container – it’s going to be filled with a variety of scraps, foil, plastic wrap, and food waste that could harm your pet. Keep it well covered and away from pets – behind closed doors if possible.
Here are the DOs and DON’Ts for pets and holidays:
The NO NO List
– Turkey – while small amounts of skinless meat can be safe, it’s best to avoid
– Stuffing – chock full of ingredients that can harm your pet
– Mashed potatoes – too much butter and other fats
– Candied yams – too much sugar, butter and other fats
– Gravy – far too rich for pets’ tummies
– Candy – especially chocolate
– Pie or other desserts
SAFE & YUMMY
– Green beans (plain, steamed or boiled)
– Baby carrots (raw or cooked)
– Apple slices (small, thin slices)
– Celery – add a smear of natural, unsalted creamy peanut butter
– Plain pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
If you see sudden changes in behavior, depression, pain, vomiting, or diarrhea in your pet, contact your veterinarian immediately.
If you believe your pet has been poisoned or has eaten something it shouldn’t have, call your veterinarian or local veterinary emergency clinic immediately.
ASPCA Poison Control Hotline: 888-426-4435