Giving thanks the safe way

By Connie Orcutt • Published: November 1st, 2012
Category: Animal Airwaves

Our pets often love to join in family celebrations, especially when food is involved — like at Thanksgiving. But while you may not see the harm in sharing bits of your turkey and stuffing, potatoes and gravy, buttered roll or dessert with your pet buddy, dogs and cats cannot process fatty foods like we can. The result can be a serious disease called pancreatitis. With small dogs or cats, even a little piece of turkey skin can start the downward spiral.

Swallowed bones, cooking string or plastic food bags can cause obstructions or perforations, so be sure to store or discard foods securely. Other dangerous delicacies include chocolate, (particularly the baking variety), garlic, onions, grapes and xylitol [ZĪ-lit-all].

Pet-safe snacks will let your canine and feline friends feel included in the party — the safe way!