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It's A Dog's Life - YOUR Dog's! Newsletter
November 15, 2012
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Turkey and Dogs


Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and it's time to think about the family gatherings, the football games, and most of all the food. It's about this time that you might want to consider what your dog's special needs are. A lot of dogs get frightened or anxious when there are large groups of strangers around. The food is also a concern. Whether or not you regularly feed your dog table scraps, it's a good idea to let your guests know not to feed your dog at the dinner table. There are quite a few thanksgiving favorites that don't mix well with canines.

The Turkey Myth

When the subject of Thanksgiving comes up, a lot of people ask me specifically about the dangers of feeding turkey to dogs. There have been cases in the past where pets developed acute pancreatitis, which is a disease of the pancreas, and a lot of the signs pointed specifically to turkey as the main culprit. This led to a lot of rumors about how it's bad to feed turkey to dogs. You can breathe a little easier knowing that they are indeed rumors. All birds are edible for dogs, including turkey (and chicken, as long as it's raw or boneless).

The real fact is that the fatty skin is what can actually lead to acute pancreatitis, just the same as with any other food with a high fat content. Turkey skin has some of the highest fat concentrations of any bird, so if your dog does eat any turkey this Thanksgiving just make sure it's skinless and you'll have nothing to worry about.

Of course, there are other holiday Toxic Foods that you should keep away from your dog. Grapes and raisins are known to cause kidney problems in dogs, and there's a chemical in onions and garlic that's toxic to both dogs and cats. Artificially sweetened desserts and candies can have very harmful effects if your dog eats them.

To be safe this Thanksgiving, just try not to give your dog any scraps straight off the table. You can go through the leftovers later and make sure none of the above foods are present. Stuffing usually has onions in it, and so do certain brands and flavors of instant mashed potatoes. Above all, ask your guests to please not feed your pup when he comes begging for scraps at the table, no matter how cute he looks!

Dogs have a tendency to be curious and get into places where they shouldn't, so keep a lid on the trash can as well, or at least make sure it's out of reach of your dog. No matter how well behaved he is, some of those new Thanksgiving scents might just be enticing enough to make him go exploring.

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