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Turkey Day Tips

Our Clinic sees a drastic increase in patients suffering from gastroenteritis, pancreatitis, and other preventable digestive issues during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  Avoid feeding your pet the following:  

Turkey skin - fatty foods like turkey skin can lead to an upset stomach. In addition, many turkeys are basted with ingredients like sage, garlic, and onion - all of which are harmful to pets.
Bread Dough - Warm bread dough rises.  When ingested by your pet, that process happens inside their stomach and can result in serious vomiting and painful abdominal bloating.
Popular Spices - Nutmeg can cause seizures and problems with your pet's central nervous system; cinnamon can cause diarrhea, liver disease and low blood sugar - both popular in baking.
Cranberry Sauce - Cranberries can be beneficial to pets, but canned and processed sauces typically contain large amounts of sugar or high fructose corn syrup.
Turkey Bones - Cooked bones are a hazard for dogs! They can cause choking, or worse, splinter and damage or puncture the stomach and intestines resulting in life-threatening injuries.
Other dangerous ingredients for pets: onions, garlic, grapes and raisins, caffeine, chocolate, cherry, peach and plum pits, salt, mushrooms.
A few pet safe alternatives to consider: 
  • A stuffed Kong filled with your pet's favorite treats
  • Baby carrots
  • Apple slices (no seeds)
  • Canned pumpkin (small amounts of plain, non-seasoned variety only)