We’re over the Halloween hurdle, but just before the gift-buying season sits perhaps the most delicious holiday in the United States. It’s Thanksgiving, the one day a year we set aside as a nation to give thanks for our family and friends and all the things we’ve been given. And, of course, there’s the food—so, so much delectable food. On Thanksgiving, most families with a furry member will fork over a little bit of that wonderful, once-a-year food. And why not? Everyone enjoys a little home-cooked yumminess.
However, when you’re about to hand over some Thanksgiving treats to your dog or cat, make sure that you steer clear of the following foods. After all, no one wants to spend their holiday at the veterinarian in Egg Harbor Township, NJ.
Though turkey itself isn’t a threat to your dog or cat—outside of the fact that it may be habit-forming—the bones that keep all that meat in place are choking hazards for dogs and cats. Keep your pets (and your turkey) safe by making sure you never leave your turkey unattended in a place that might prove too tempting for animals. If you have cats, the kitchen counter is a perfect place for them to grab bites of your family turkey before and after it’s been served.
To be perfectly honest, pork can be hit and miss with pets. Some dogs and cats have a very high tolerance for pork and can eat it with little issue. In other pets, however, pork can cause vomiting, diarrhea or worse.
As a result, veterinarians in Egg Harbor Township, NJ recommend avoiding pork products for your pet altogether. If you can’t resist feeding your dog or cat table scraps, stick to turkey.
Onions, scallions and garlic
Though your dog or cat will likely turn up their nose when offered an onion, scallion or garlic, these common ingredients are often used as part of some tasty dishes. It’s just a shame that all three can be very toxic for your family pet, possibly even causing anemia.
Stuffing, in particular, is likely to have some onions or garlic baked in, so be careful when you’re about to hand over some side dishes to your pet.
Like ham, dairy products can be fine for some pets and disastrous for others. If your dog or cat has an issue with lactose intolerance, it’s best to keep milk or butter out of your pet’s tummy.
That means keeping your pets away from traditional Thanksgiving recipes like mashed potatoes. Even a stick of butter left out can be a valuable prize for an opportunistic animal.
Your friend and vet
If the worst should happen and your dog or cat needs a veterinarian in Egg Harbor Township, NJ, don’t hesitate to call on Newkirk Family Veterinarians, a family owned and operated vet that has proudly served the area since 1981.
Since then, we’ve worked hard to stay on top of cutting-edge veterinary care, even as we strive to provide excellent customer service to every one of our valued clients and the people who come in with them.
When you need the best vet care in the area, make it Newkirk Family Veterinarians. We’re always here for you.