- Too many fatty, rich or even just new types of food can cause conditions call pancreatitis or gastroenteritis. Both can be painful and become quite serious, so just say "NO" to the pleading, soulful eyes of your pet. Raw bread dough can rise in your pet's stomach and cause vomiting, severe abdominal pain and bloating which can be life threatening, requiring surgery.
- Bones can tear up or obstruct your pet's digestive system. Cooked turkey bones are especially harmful because they are hollow and easily splinter in your pet's mouth. Raw or undercooked may contain salmonella bacteria.
- Be especially careful when disposing of left over parts of turkey. The tasty string often used to tie up the turkey during roasting time can injure your pet if swallowed. Also beware of the bag the turkey is cooked in and the little red "popper" used to determine doneness.
- Onion, often abundantly found in stuffing, can damage a pet's red blood cells, leading to anemia.
- Too much chocolate, especially baking chocolate, can poison and may even be fatal to your dog/cat, so keep it out of reach.
So when those eager eyes look at the loaded dining room table, remember that your feast is NOT fit for your pet...and then give Thanks for your pet's healthy appetite.
For more information visit Crescenta Valley Veterinary Hospital.