What Not to Feed Your Pets on Thanksgiving

Our vet once told us that they treat more stomach issues on Thanksgiving than any other time of year. Many pets come in with gastrointestinal irritations, vomiting, diarrhea, and pancreatitis. That is really scary! Not to mention, many vets don’t have normal operating hours over the holiday which means emergency vet bills! Thanksgiving can be enjoyable for your pet but it can also be dangerous if you don’t follow a few precautions. There are many foods they can eat but there’s more that you should avoid. 

Turkey is healthy for your pet but it should be boneless and well cooked. A hidden ingredient that many people don’t think about is sage, which is usually found in stuffing. Sage contains essential oils and resins that can cause gastrointestinal upset and central nervous system depression to pets if eaten in large quantities. Cats are especially sensitive to the effects of certain essential oils.

A few small boneless pieces of cooked turkey, a taste of mashed potato or even a lick of pumpkin pie shouldn’t pose a problem. It’s when pets ingest these foods in high quantities that an emergency can happen. This is especially true with high fat items because they can inflame the pancreas, causing pancreatitis. To play it safe, keep your pet on their regular diet.

Here’s a quick checklist of what NOT to feed your pet on Thanksgiving.  

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