Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Dangerous Foods For Pets - Keep Your Pets Safe on Thanksgiving!


At Thanksgiving, it is very tempting to want to “treat” our pets to something special such as gravy, turkey drippings and table food. These high fat foods can cause diarrhea, vomiting and overload the pet’s digestive system. Many small pets, especially, can be adversely affected from what might seem, is a tiny piece of Thanksgiving dinner.

It is quite common for emergency animal clinics to be filled with dogs and cats suffering from a severe bout of pancreatitis during the holidays. Giving pets table scraps such as fat from meat, cooked bones, turkey drippings and gravy, even in small amounts, can make them sick. Pet owners and doting relatives who overindulge the pet in holiday food are not only causing a change in the pet’s diet (which can make them sick on its own) but combining that with high fat foods can lead to serious, sometimes even fatal consequences.

If you really want to give your pet an extra snack, then please plan ahead. Keep safe treats such as your pet’s favorite treat available or consider having fresh vegetables (steamed or raw), a piece of baked yam or a small piece of LEAN meat set aside. Show family members the "safe" treats for your pet and have an appropriate amount clearly displayed in a special dish. Once the treats run out, be sure the "treating" stops.
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Dangerous Foods For Pets

The following foods can be dangerous to pets:
* Chocolate

* Grapes or raisins

* Onions (cooked or raw)

* Sweets (cookies, cake, ice cream, etc.)

* Rolls/bread (many pets are allergic to gluten)

* High fat foods such as butter, gravy or drippings

* Cooked bones (they can cause choking and tearing in the GI tract)

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