Don’t Let Them Eat Cake (or Dough or Pie)
If you’re baking up Thanksgiving cakes, pies, or bread, be sure you and your pets keep your fingers, paws, and noses out of the batter. If it contains raw eggs, there could be salmonella bacteria that might lead to food poisoning. According to ASPCA experts, when raw bread dough is ingested, an animal’s body heat can cause the yeast to rise in the stomach, leading to vomiting, severe abdominal pain, or bloating that could become life-threatening. As for the pecan pie – most people don’t realize that nuts are terrible for dogs. They can cause muscle spasms and weakness of the legs for up to 48 hours. (Don’t panic if your pup loves peanut butter. Peanuts aren’t actually nuts, they’re legumes.)
Thanksgiving stuffing is delicious! But many of the herbs that make it taste so good also contain essential oils and resins that can cause our furry friends to have tummy aches (best case) or central nervous system depression (much worse). Cats are especially sensitive to the effects of certain essential oils, and onions and garlic are toxic to dogs.
If you decide to feed your four-legged BFF a little nibble of turkey, make sure it’s boneless and well-cooked. Turkey bones are hollow and easy to break. When cooked, they can splinter and sharp pieces can become lodged in the esophagus or intestinal tract and could require emergency surgery for removal. Raw or undercooked turkey can also contain salmonella bacteria.
A Booze Hound is NOT a Thing
We get that a glass or ten of wine (or other libations) is sometimes necessary when spending a long day with extended family, but grapes, hops, and alcohol are all hazardous for dogs. Grapes and raisins are particularly dangerous and can lead to renal failure.
Chocolate is always off limits to pets. Sorry, you’ll have to eat it all yourself.
At the end of the day (when you’re taking a nap and dreaming of a sandwich and more pie), the best thing for your best fur friends is to let them stick to their regular diets during the holidays. If that feels mean-spirited, offer them a new toy or a little cat nip!
We hope you ALL enjoy a safe and fun holiday!