Turkey time is such a huge family celebration and most people know and include the pets as part of this joyous and thankful occasion. Although your dog is a member of your family, there are some restrictions in including your pet on all of your meal plans and foods. Before setting a place for your pet at the table, be sure to contact your local Knoxville-area veterinarian as listed below or one closest to your home.
With all those aromas surrounding that Thanksgiving dinner in the kitchen, your dog may be twirling, wagging the tail and be under every step you make. Be sure nothing reaches the floor; your pet will grab it before you can even bend to get it. Ensure this holiday is not a free-for-all, especially when it comes to those with four legs. There are some precautions necessary when it comes to sharing your feast with your dog.
A little turkey is not a bad thing for the best canine in your life but don’t overdo it. A small portion of white turkey breast is fine but be sure not to give your pet any meat that is undercooked. Raw or undercooked meat can contain salmonella bacteria. Avoid throwing your dog that bone from the bird since it can be sharp and dangerous for your pet. The same goes for the turkey carcass. A little tip: ensure the trash is sealed tight so your dog cannot help him or herself to the dangerous “leftovers.”
Sage is a plentiful spice during the Thanksgiving holiday, especially in the stuffing. Sage, other herbs, oils and spices can contribute to problems with the central nervous system depression along with gastrointestinal upset. This is even more vital when it comes to cats. For safety reasons, keep all these ingredients out of your pets diet. Another danger to the diet is onions. They are very toxic to dogs and can lead to serious forms of anemia which often are not detected for days. No onions for the pups or cats either.
No bread dough for your pets, especially raw dough that can rise and grow within the tummy. Such concerns lead to bloating, abdominal distress, vomiting and other life-threatening issues requiring surgery.
We as humans all love the sweets and desserts but when it comes to the pets, keep their noses out of the batter and away from the cookie dough. The dough itself and eggs included can lead to food poisoning due to the salmonella bacteria.
If you feel the need to set a place for your dog during the Thanksgiving holiday, keep it to a minimum. Choose a few small pieces of cooked turkey, along with some green beans, bland mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes before any added seasoning shouldn’t cause any harm. Just don’t overindulge or your pet could suffer from tummy problems and possible diarrhea, among other medial concerns.
Pets are not aware of the special Thanksgiving festivities and would be just as happy with some of their own goodies, like nylabones, adding a few morsels to the regular pet food dish, or try a Kong toy filled with some dinner goodies or other treats. Your pet will be occupied for hours until all those morsels are extracted from the toy.
Have a wonderful holiday season with the family while keeping the pets happy and safe. Remember, when it comes to your dog, less is better when it comes to your dog’s health and well-being for a fun and glorious holiday family get-together.
Knoxville Village Vet, 11301 Kingston Pike, Farragut, TN 37934, Tel: (865) 966–8900, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
knoxville Central Vet Hospital, 1212 W. Clinch Ave, Knoxville, TN 37916, Phone: (865) 525-1167
Knoxville Emergency Vet, 1819 Ailor Ave. Knoxville, TN 37916 | (865) 221-8956