Animals have the cutest faces in the world, so it’s no wonder that we all like to sneak them food off our plates every once in a while. But with some Thanksgiving dishes that could be a very dangerous impulse.
According to the New York Post, the day after Thanksgiving is extra busy for vets and emergency hospitals. As Erin Sawyer, chief medical officer and co-founder of the dog training app GoodPup, states, “Black Friday is known in both veterinary clinics and emergency hospitals as a notoriously busy day for all sorts of gastrointestinal issues in dogs.”
She adds that its best not to allow guests to feed your pets. And it’s best to keep animals away from the food altogether.
For those of you who will probably cave and sneak your furry friends scraps anyway, here’s what’s best to stay away from:
Butters and fatty food – If dogs have too much of this, they can develop pancreatitis. This can cause a variety of discomforts, like vomiting, diarrhea, bloating, and dehydration.
Vegetables – They’re great for us but bad for dogs. Keep then especially away from garlic, onions, chives, and scallions.
Raisins, grapes, and currants – These items are especially bad for animals. They can have a bad reaction to them that can result in kidney failure or even death.
Sweet Potatoes and Pumpkin Pie – Sweet potatoes and pumpkin are great for dogs in their natural form, but they are not best when sweet or candied ingredients are added.
Turkey – Turkey is usually okay for dogs, but when all the extra seasoning, butter, and oil gets mixed in, that when things go wrong.
If you are going to give animals a taste, mask sure it’s the white meat of the turkey, and preferably from a section that is unseasoned.