Have a Doggie Safe Turkey Day

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! It’s the season for sharing, stuffing ourselves with turkey and pumpkin pie, listening to Aunt Ida talk about the “good ole days”, Uncle Eddie driving us crazy, reaching for the cocktails to stave off the crazy relative blues. collapsing in a food coma on the couch.  But it’s also a time to protect our fur babies. It’s great we want to share our feast with them, but pets have different digestive systems than humans.  Vets see an increased number of office visits for digestive issues after the holiday.  Follow these tips to avoid making an unexpected vet trip, and make sure your guests are aware of them as well:

Moderation, Moderation, Moderation

Last year I made sure to only give Suki “doggie safe” food, but I didn’t pay attention to “how much”….mostly ’cause of the “I’m dying of starvation” puppy dog eyes.  She had a plate of turkey instead of just a few pieces. Let’s just say that the abundance of turkey caused “explosions” of the nasty kind for a day or so.  Too much of fatty foods can cause diarrhea, upset stomach, or the serious condition of pancreatitis. Trust me…you do NOT want to repeat my experience! Safely share your turkey by putting just a few pieces in with your pup’s regular food.

No Cooked Bones

Cooked bones are very dangerous, especially turkey bones since they’re hollow!  They can easily splinter into sharp pieces, become lodged in your dog’s intestines (causing a blockage) or actually cause a perforation of the intestinal tract.  Your dog can have a lodged bone, but not show signs of the blockage for 1 – 2 days.

Now you may think “ok, I just won’t give my dog any bones”.  Let’s remember who we’re dealing with…determined, hungry, master of the puppy dog eyes furballs!  Make sure you don’t leave any plates with bones or the carcass laying around within a furry garbage disposal’s reach.  Place any garbage with bones in the garage or outside, so not within your dog’s reach.  Don’t forget to remind your guests that cooked bones are not for doggies.

Sage Advice

Sage and other savory herbs can really add flavor to that yummy turkey and other dishes.  A lot of these herbs contain essential oils and resins that can cause gastrointestinal upset and central nervous system depression to pets if eaten in large quantities. Cats are especially sensitive to the effects of certain essential oils.  Keep them out of your fur babies’ reach to be safe.

No Raw Bread or Rolls Dough

Now Suki doesn’t have to worry about this, cause mommy buys pre-baked breads.  LOL.  I do buy bisquits, so I make sure and keep them out of reach until cooked.  Dough needs heat to rise, and your pet’s belly is warm!  Their body heat will warm the dough and cause it to rise…inside your precious furbaby!   The expansion of the dough causes serious complications and may likely require surgery.  Make sure only fully baked bread and rolls are shared with your dogs.

Avoid Salmonella Poisoning

Dogs love to stick their noses in everything, including cake or cookie batter if your back is turned. Unfortunately, the raw eggs in these pre-cooked dishes can cause salmonella poisoning.  Uncooked turkey can also cause it.  Make sure the pups are only eating safe, fully cooked items.

No Doggie Hangovers

Now, I’m all for enjoying cocktails, especially in an enclosed space with the family at a holiday.  But dogs and cocktails are a bad combination.  We all have that one relative who has a little too much to drink and thinks it’s funny to share with the dog.  Or maybe you walk away from your drink for a minute…time for furry garbage disposal to swipe in.  Not only can alcohol make a dog sick, it can actually cause a coma or death.  Keep the alcohol away from furbabies!

Avoid the Burn

Thanksgiving means a lot of food and a lot of cooking going on.  Cooking means heat which can mean a nasty burn for a curious pup.   Suki knows the “back up” command well, so I don’t have an issue keeping her away from the stove/oven.  However, this year I’m watching a friend’s dogs who let’s just say are “devil dogs” (I do love them though).  They are under your feet at all times in the kitchen.  If you have this experience, try giving your dogs a treat filled Kong in another room to occupy them.  Another great option is to block the kitchen entrance with a baby/pet gate.

Suki &  I wish you and your furbabies a happy & safe Thanksgiving!

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Posted on November 18, 2012, in Paw Worthy News and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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