Thanksgiving can be a time of joy for many people; family comes together to celebrate life over a very generous meal, and if you’re anything like the employees at Humboldt Pet Supply, you’ll probably want to include your beloved family pet in all the festivities. However, before you make your dog or cat a heaping plate of turkey and mashed potatoes, here are a few tips to keep everybody safe and healthy.
Turkey, is it safe for your animals? A very short is answer is both “yes” and “no” while a few pieces of turkey won’t hurt your animal, feeding an abundant amount can cause long term effects like pancreatitis, or shorter ailments like gastrointestinal upset.
What about turkey skin? Try not to ever feed your animal turkey skin. The skin from any animal is going to be very high in fat, which if given too much, over a long period of time, can lead to pancreatitis, weight gain, and upset stomach. Thanksgiving turkey is especially a fickle food. Humans tend to enjoy their turkey with a lot of seasonings, like onion, garlic, mixtures of herbs and spices, and turkey skin tends to absorb most of these delicious additives. Onions are highly toxic to both cats and dogs, because onions contain an ingredient that can damage to red blood cells, so giving turkey skin lathered in onion is never a good idea.
Turkey bones, thumbs up or thumbs down? Thumbs down for sure. Poultry bones, especially when cooked, are never a good thing to give to your animal. Poultry bones are incredibly porous, which means they will break and splinter easily. They can cause your animal to choke, fragments can pierce and cause trouble in the stomach and intestines, and if too much bone is ingested it could cause a blockage only remedied by surgery. So while bones might seem like a fun, easy treat this holiday season, avoid them because they can turn from fun to dangerous quickly.