What's the deal with Thanksgiving turkey for dogs and cats?
Pets enjoy Thanksgiving just as much as people because it means lots and lots of delicious food! But it's important to take some safety precautions to ensure you are not causing digestive upset in your dog or cat over the turkey festivities.
Commercial dog and cat food, whether kibble or raw, comes in turkey form. However, no cooked bones are present nor is all that fatty grease. Skin-on turkey can cause acute pancreatitis, resulting in a holiday trip to the emergency room. Dark turkey meat can also be difficult to digest, leading to vomiting and diarrhea which can cause dehydration.
Turkey: Good or Bad?
So what turkey tips do you need to know to make your dog or cat feel included but not engorged this Thanksgiving?
Proper Eating Manners: How to Play it Safe
Dogs and cats will follow their noses this Thanksgiving. You can take more preventative steps for pet digestive health other than just keeping the turkey out of reach come meal time.
Other Pet-Approved Thanksgiving Treats
Turkey isn't the only yummy food on the tables. Many classic tasty side dishes have a base ingredient that adds great nutrition to the dog and cat diet. However, these foods are best raw or lightly cooked and without all the toppings, such as gravy and whipped cream.
Warning Signs of Digestive Upset
Pets are sneaky. Even when you think you've taken every last precaution (apart from separating them from the festivities), many have their ways of getting into trouble. Be on the lookout for these symptoms that could indicate food toxicity or obstruction:
We wish all of our clients and patients a Happy (and healthy!) Thanksgiving!