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Feasting Safely: Foods Your Pet Should Avoid This Thanksgiving

2023-11-14

As Thanksgiving approaches, we all prepare to indulge in festive treats and a hearty Thanksgiving meal. But as pet owners, we must remember that our furry friends should not indulge in the same way. This Thanksgiving, we have compiled a list of foods your pet should avoid. Read on to learn how to keep your pets safe while you enjoy a delicious feast.

Onions and Garlic

Onions and garlic, whether they are cooked or raw, are toxic to pets. Make sure to keep onions and garlic out of reach of your pets, and never feed food to pets that may contain these ingredients, such as stuffing or other side dishes. Symptoms of ingestion include abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy. If you suspect your pet has consumed any food containing onions or garlic, seek veterinary care immediately.

Grapes and Raisins

Grapes and raisins are common in Thanksgiving dishes, such as stuffing or salads. However, consumption can lead to kidney failure, which can be fatal. Even small amounts of grapes or raisins can cause significant harm to your pet's well-being. If your pet eats these items or foods containing them, seek veterinary care immediately.

Alcohol

Alcohol is present in many Thanksgiving drinks, such as beer, wine, and cocktails. However, pets should never consume alcohol, as they cannot metabolize it as humans do. Consumption can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, and even coma or death in severe cases. Keep all alcoholic beverages out of reach of your pets, and ensure that your guests do the same.

Turkey Bones & Gravy

While turkey is a staple in most Thanksgiving meals, pet owners should be careful about what part of the turkey their pets consume. Turkey bones are a hazardous choking and intestinal obstruction hazard for pets. Turkey skin and gravy are high in fat content and can lead to gastrointestinal upset such as vomiting and diarrhea. Keep your pets away from the kitchen and food if possible, and always dispose of turkey bones safely away from your pets.

Hidden Hazard - Medications

With extra people visiting your house for Thanksgiving, be aware that curious pets may discover medications in handbags or coat pockets. Commonly used over-the-counter painkillers can have disastrous consequences for your furry friends. If you are hosting guests this holiday, be sure to remind them to keep all medications secured and avoid leaving bags or pockets accessible to your pets. Better yet, consider putting your pet into a quiet room away from the commotion and potential food hazards.

This Thanksgiving, ensure that your pets are not harmed by any food or drink that may cross their path. By being mindful and keeping these forbidden foods in mind, your pets will remain safe and happy throughout the festive season. If you notice any symptoms of ingestion or injury to your pets, seek veterinary care immediately. Remember, extra caution goes a long way in creating a happy and healthy holiday season. We hope you and your beloved pets have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

 

 

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