Thanksgiving Safety Tips For Dog Owners

Turkey. Cranberry dressing. Mixed drinks. Pumpkin pie. All of these sound delicious and are all a part of many Thanksgiving holiday dinner tables. Many of these foods can cause illness or even be lethal for ourthanksgiving dog food safety tips dogs. We have put together some Thanksgiving safety tips for dog owners as part of our Thanksgiving dog bite safety series.

We’d recently written about ways in which to keep family and friends safe from a dog bite and also to keep our beloved dogs safe from a situation that may lead to them biting someone. In this article we want to give you tips on the foods to keep away from your dog to keep him happy and healthy and to prevent your having to visit an emergency veterinarian on a holiday!

Thanksgiving Safety Tips For Dog Owners

Foods that are delicious to us, will also be delicious to our dogs, but really they don’t need to indulge the way we do on the holidays. Our furry family members are healthier if they stick to their own feeding routine and to their own routine diet. Yes, you can treat them with healthy treats on occasion, but they aren’t accustomed to eating a turkey dinner and pumpkin pie so they don’t know what they’re missing.

Keep these foods away from your dog this Thanksgiving (and any other time you may serve any of these types of foods)

  • Discarded food items. If you have an overflowing trash can and a curious dog, you have the recipe for potential disaster. Keep your dog away from corn cobs and discarded turkey bones. Either of these can cause an obstruction in their bellies and lead to a gastrointestinal injury.
  • Fatty foods. Your dog just doesn’t need to ingest gravy, nuts, meat scraps, turkey skin, butter or bacon. These foods, while delicious, can lead to pancreatitis. The signs of this disease in your dog include loss of appetite, diarrhea and vomiting.
  • The water in which you brined a turkey. Bringing turkeys has become increasingly popular and means you are soaking your turkey in a mixture of water and salt. When you remove the turkey and if you don’t discard the brine, your dogs will greedily lap it up and this can lead to salt toxicosis. This ailment manifests in excessive thirst, vomiting, diarrhea and extreme urination. This can change the electrolytes in the body and lead to brain swelling.
  • This is found in many desserts and foods that are artificially sweetened. Xylitol is dangerous to pets and can lead to a rapid drop in their blood sugar and lead to liver damage. Xylitol is also found in chewing gum, candies and peanut butter. Please read ingredients and keep sweets away from your dog.
  • Chocolate is dangerous and can lead to agitation, vomiting, diarrhea, potential seizures and even death. The darker the chocolate, the higher the risk.
  • Grapes and raisins, which are found in many Thanksgiving foods can lead to renal failure. Keep these items well out of the reach of your dogs – at Thanksgiving and year-round.

Keep your dog to his regular dinner routine and to his regular diet. Ask friends and family to not feed your dog table scraps (this is unhealthy for him and could lead to your dog inadvertently biting someone). Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

About FIDO There are many reasons a dog may bite, and it’s not always 100% preventable. In addition to financially protecting dog owners from dog bite claims, our Canine Liability Policy also covers other injuries to people, including scratches and fall injuries caused by dogs and injuries to other animals. Please contact us today for more information at (407) 865-7477, ext. 101.

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