With Thanksgiving approaching, it's a good idea to refresh our memory on the "Don’t Feed” list for our furry little friends. Okay, I think everyone knows to keep the chocolate away from our furry friends, but I’m going to say it one more time just in case. Our furry friends love to celebrate with us and there are many foods they can enjoy. To see what they can eat, read more here.
With the day being very busy with the hustle and bustle of making sure the turkey makes it in the oven on time and preparing the gravy, we thought this list could save your dog from becoming sick or even spending the night at your vets.
Here are a few dangerous items for you to remember during the holiday season.
Sweet Treats: Chocolate is toxic to dogs. But not everyone knows about the dangers of xylitol, a sweetener and baking ingredient found in many types of gum, mints, candy and pastries. Consuming a little bit of xylitol can give a dog seizures, low blood sugar and liver failure and can be fatal.
Turkey Bones: These bones are very brittle and are easily broken into sharp pieces that can puncture your dog’s digestive tract. Just don't do it!
Macadamia Nuts: They can cause limb weakness, pain, fever and tremors. Macadamia poisoning is generally not fatal, but symptoms can last up to 2 days.
Raw Meat: Raw meat can contain salmonella. Senior dogs and puppies are the most at risk for illness. Symptoms include lethargy, fever, diarrhea and vomiting, however some dogs show no symptoms at all.
Stuffing with Raisins or Grapes: Both raisins and grapes can cause kidney damage or failure in dogs. Symptoms to watch for include lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea.
Stuffing with Onions or Onion Powder: Onions can cause anemia (a low volume of red blood cells) in dogs, even after being cooked. Symptoms of anemia include lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea and jaundice (yellowing of the skin or gums).
Alcohol: Many adults will be enjoying alcoholic beverages, but it’s important to keep those drinks away from your dog. Dogs are extremely sensitive to alcohol, even in very small amounts. Symptoms of alcohol toxicity are similar to drunkenness in humans and include vomiting, loss of coordination and disorientation.
Bread/Dough: I don't know why anyone would feed this to their furry friend but, don't spoil your pet’s holiday by giving him raw bread dough. When raw bread dough is ingested, an animal's body heat causes the dough to rise in his stomach. As it expands, the pet may experience vomiting, severe abdominal pain and bloating, which could become a life-threatening emergency, requiring surgery.
Remember to much human food, even if they’re begging for it is not good for our furry friends. A few small boneless pieces of cooked turkey, a taste of mashed potato or even a lick of pumpkin pie shouldn’t pose a problem. A small amount of safe foods won’t harm your pet; it is a holiday for them too. If you believe your furry friends falls victim to any of the above, contact your vet immediately.
If you are hosting the holiday and you have guests coming over, you also have to be mindful of doors accidentally left open, garbage being securely sealed, flowers or plant arrangements. Remember that some people may be afraid of your dog, or your dog may be uncomfortable around a large group of people and may become scarred or agitated. To keep everyone including your dog comfortable and safe, you may want to keep your dog in a separate room to keep her happy and safe.
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