Every Thanksgiving meal is not only delicious, it is full of rich food that may not be good for your pets. Pets rarely refuse table scraps and they could be the worst things you can give them, especially when they are fatty foods that could result in an upset stomach, diarrhea or vomiting. They could even create a life-threatening condition like pancreatitis or gastroenteritis.
Be especially careful with food that might contain a bone or part of a bone that could cut or obstruct your pet's insides. It's a good idea to stay close to your pet's regular diet and be especially careful with foods that they should never receive, such as onions, onion powder, grapes, raisins or chocolate. When so many people are around, it's easy for someone to give your pet the wrong food with the best intentions.
When it comes time to dispose of the garbage, it should be carefully wrapped and safely placed in the appropriate container. Dogs and other animals can get at anything that isn't properly stored.
Like anyone who may eat a little more than usual during Thanksgiving, make sure your pet gets the appropriate exercise. Have a happy holiday!
Source: Robert K.Fitzpatrick, DVM, Abri Animal Hospital, Cape May Court House, NJ. If you have a pet-related question, please use our contact page and select the category Ask The Vet.