The next couple of days your house might be a hustle and bustle of people coming and going and food galore. If you’re a dog owner, you might be tempted to treat your pal to some of the delicious food but…think twice. Many of the foods on your dinner tables can be hazardous to your dogs health. Here’s a short list of foods that should be limited or restricted:
- chocolate–it’s a no-no
- uncooked bread dough–yeast + warm stomach = dangerous situation
- sage–the essential oils can wreck havoc on a dog’s stomach and nervous system
- cake batter–if it contains raw eggs salmonella could be present
- uncooked turkey–could contain salmonella
Moderation. A little bit of turkey & mashed potatoes won’t harm your dog but if you let him have a feast, he could develop serious issues such as bloat, gastrointestinal upset, diarrhea and vomitting. Think smart. Keep your dog’s diet the same over the holidays with maybe just an “occasional treat”. Don’t let his begging and sweet puppy dog eyes lure you into causing him trouble. It’s not worth it.
Safety around guests. If your dog is crate trained, now would be a good time to have him show off his skills. Your dog can sneak out of the door if you’re not vigilant about being door patrol. Also, if your dog is shy or a little unsocialized, all the commotion in your home could make your pal uncomfortable. A crate will allow him to escape from the chaos and feel safe. No crate? Make a special place in your bedroom or other room in your home. Put some special toys down, a nice comfy blanket and maybe a Kong. Better yet. Stuff the Kong with a sample of the delicious goodies you made and he’ll be a happy camper for a while.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving with your friends, family and pets. Remember to give thanks for the special people in your lives. God Bless!
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