To help keep your Thanksgiving dinner parties and get-togethers safe for your pets, TJ's next Holiday Tip is all about table scraps.
Most people know about certain foods that are dangerous for pets, but what about when well-meaning guests sneak your dog table scraps?
If Cousin Jerry gives your dog a bit of fat left from his ham, and Aunt Susan gives him a piece of bread with butter on it, and Grandpa gives him some turkey, and so on… beyond an upset stomach or potential poisoning, your dog could quickly develop pancreatitis.
If you're cooking meat, another danger to watch out for is bones. Any cooked bone can splinter, causing internal lacerations, choking, or an obstruction. Make a quick announcement at dinner to not feed your pets any table scraps or bones.
Other holiday foods to keep away from your pets include:
- Grapes and Raisins
If you suspect your pet has gotten into (or been given) any of these foods, contact your vet or an emergency helpline if you see:
- Fatigue / weakness
- Increased heart rate
- Trouble breathing
- Excessive panting
24/7 Animal Poison Control Helpline: 855-764-7661
ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center: 888-426-4435