Why You Should Keep Your Pet Away From The Thanksgiving Table
Published on: November 9, 2022 | Author: Starwood Pet Travel
America’s favorite chow-down holiday is right around the corner. We look forward all year to turkey and all the trimmings – not to mention all those desserts. Many of us actually plan to overeat. Your pet loves food, too. So why should you keep them away from the Thanksgiving table this year? Because Thanksgiving treats can be very dangerous, in several ways.
Thanksgiving food simply packs on too many calories
Many Thanksgiving treats are toxic to dogs and/or cats
- Vegetables, including pumpkin, carrots, and broccoli
- Fruits, including apples and cranberries
- Anything in the allium family. Onions, leeks, shallots, scallions, chives, and garlic can cause toxic anemia.
- Sugar. Cranberries can be a real plus to support your pet’s urinary tract and provide antioxidants. But cranberry sauce loaded with sugar? Or anything else with sugar? A big no. this goes for the pumpkin pie and sweet potato dishes, too. Squash can be very good for pets, but only on its own. As a side note, if you think using faux sugar fixes this problem, read the label first. Artificial sugar made from Xylitol can make your cat sick and kill your dog.
- Turkey skin. Sure, your pet thinks it’s delicious, but if it’s been saturated with onion, garlic, or sage for brining or baking, it’s off the table for pets. Even powdered seasonings can cause problems. Sage can upset your cat’s stomach and interfere with their central nervous system.
- Other seasonings. Nutmeg can cause seizures, and cinnamon can cause anything from diarrhea and vomiting to low blood sugar and liver disease.
- Mushrooms. They can show up in gravy, stuffing, and veggie dishes like the ever-popular green bean casserole. (The beans are fine on their own.)
- Dairy products, including milk, sour cream, cheese, and butter. Cats can actually develop lactose intolerance as they mature, but dairy products tend to give most cats and dogs diarrhea.
- Grapes and raisins can cause serious kidney problems in dogs.
- Walnuts and macadamia nuts can cause neurological disorders.
- And of course, we all know chocolate is forbidden, especially for dogs.
Poultry bones splinter easily
Mind your manners
- Teach your dog a reliable “down/stay” so they will remain away from the table.
- Put your pet in another room and close the door, or use a baby gate. Put a glob of peanut butter into a Kong toy, and let your pet work on that while you and your guests enjoy your dinner.
Starwood Animal Transport has rebranded to Starwood Pet Travel. We are still the same great company with the best team, just now with a slightly different name.
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