Friends, family, food, and a long weekend–but especially food–Thanksgiving is one of our favourite holidays of the year! Make sure your long weekend doesn’t include a trip to an emergency vet by paying attention to the following food safety reminders.
Food Safety Tips
Ideally, you should keep your pets on their regular diets over the holiday, but it can be tempting to let them join in the festive meal. If you do decide to share the fun, pay attention to the following food safety cautions.
Let’s talk Turkey:
Feed your pet a little nibble of turkey, but make sure it’s boneless and well-cooked, and don’t include any skin.
- Undercooked turkey can contain salmonella which causes food poisoning.
- Poultry bones can splinter causing choking and bowel perforations.
- Turkey skin is loaded with fat, marinade and spices, which can cause severe stomach upset and peritonitis.
Avoid Sage and other herbs:
Sage is in many Thanksgiving dishes, particularly stuffing. Sage and other herbs contain essential oils that can cause gastrointestinal upset and central nervous system depression to pets if eaten in large quantities.
Don’t let your pet get into the bread dough. It will expand in your pet’s stomach, potentially becoming an a life-threatening surgical emergency. Read more about Bread Dough Toxicity.
Be sure to keep your pets away from raw batter: raw eggs can contain salmonella bacteria that may cause food poisoning.
Onions, Garlic, Chives, and Leeks
Onions, garlic, chives and leeks are all part of the Allium family, which can cause upset stomach and in quantity, anemia in dogs and cats.
Don’t let your pet steal from alcoholic beverages while you aren’t looking. All alcohol is toxic to both dogs and cats. In particular, dogs can be fond of beer, and the hops in beer can cause a fatal hyperthermia and death.
Me, too Please!
If you want to share the Thanksgiving goodness with your pet, give them made-for-pets treats or toys, or stuff their usual food into their Kong. They’ll enjoy it, and you can enjoy your day without worry.