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Toxic Thanksgiving Foods for Pets

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Yes, we humans love Thanksgiving, but did you know that Thanksgiving can be toxic to our pets? 

My cat begs for human food, but I spoke with my veterinarian about what I should and shouldn’t feed her and it turns out that turkey is bad for kitty. Any and all meats should be well cooked for both humans and animals alike, but eating turkey with skin can be high in fat and that can mess up their digestive system. Bones in the turkey are hollow and they can break very easily and splinter into sharp pieces which can perforate their bowels or cause dangerous blockages.

Who doesn’t like fresh baked dinner rolls, but did you know that your pet’s stomach is the perfect environment for dough to proof? When dough proofs (or rises) it expands and if it’s in your cat or dog’s stomach, it can cause extreme discomfort and a more serious emergency. It’s especially dangerous to have raw bread dough sitting out around dogs because they aren’t picky eaters. It smells good, so they’re more likely to try and eat it.

Candy, especially chocolate, is especially deadly for animals. Chocolate contains a chemical called theobromine that is in the cocoa plant and the darker the chocolate, the more theobromine and the more toxic it is for pets. Semi-sweet and bakers chocolate should also be kept away from pets.

When you’re cooking or baking, try and keep the garbage and packaging up and away from pets. Plastic wrappings can get caught in their intestinal tract and cause bowel obstruction and pose a choking hazard. Same with string. Anyone with a cat knows how distracted cats can get when they set their eyes on a piece of string. The game can go for a half an hour. Tin foil is very shiny and makes cool noises, but if ingested, it’s like swallowing a razor blade, so no crumbling up the tin foil and giving it to Fluffy or Fido as a toy.

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