Thanksgiving Dinner is a great time to come together with friends and family. It can also be a time when the little ones can’t resist slipping your dog a little bit of the feast. There are so many opportunities for your dog to eat something that can make them feel pretty bad or even cause more harm.
Here are some great tips to remember and share with your guests to help keep your dog and cat safe and happy during the upcoming holidays. We’re wishing everyone a happy and safe holiday season!
1. Turkey Skin – On its own, turkey skin can be fatty and hard to digest, but on Thanksgiving, it’s particularly bad. If you must share the turkey with your dog, do peel the skin off and cut the meat up into bite-sized pieces.
2. Cooked Bones – Whether your bird is duck, goose or turkey, do not give the bones to your dog. Any dog cartoon features Fido carrying a bone around in his mouth, but the reality is that a cooked bone is often brittle and sharp pieces can get lodged in your dog’s intestine. Bird bones are hollow and break easily.
3. Aluminum Foil and Plastic Wrap – Dispose of these when you’re done with them. There are two risks here: one, your pet will be licking the fatty substances off the wrappings, and two, swallowing these can cause an intestinal obstruction.
4. Chocolate – Not that we think that you would intentionally feed your dog chocolate (which we all know can be toxic to our canine friends), but since candy is often left out on tables for guests during the holidays, it made the list. Be sure to keep bowls filled with chocolate and other candies out of vision and out of reach of your dog.