Don’t Share with Your Furry Friends!!

A blog by Janet Laffin, CVT Veterinary Technology Program Chair, Globe University – Wausau

Pets It’s the time of year for the scrumptious food to be made and eaten. Remember, these foods are okay for us to eat, but not necessarily okay for our pets.  As the dog sits and begs with those adorable puppy dog eyes, a little nibble of table scraps can actually end up becoming an entire meal which can lead to a very sick pet. 

Family and friends may come to your house for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.  Be sure to remind them not to feed your dog table scraps.  Many of the foods we make for the holidays tend to be high in fat content.  When fed in excess, dogs can develop inflammation of the pancreas, also known as pancreatitis.  This condition can be very painful for them, so do your best to keep them away from the table scraps all year long, especially during the holiday season.  You can put the dogs’ regular canine treats out for those guests who just can’t ignore “the look”.

Onions and garlic are popular seasonings for many different types of foods.  These two seasonings can be very harmful to your dog or cat.  Neither seasoning is very attractive to them on its own.  However, both are in many foods that we make for the holidays.  It does not matter if these items are raw or cooked, onion and garlic will have the same effect on your pet.  They both can cause stomach irritation, vomiting, diarrhea, serious red blood cell destruction or liver damage.

PetsChocolate is another treat that we as people like to eat, but it is not good for our furry pets.  Be sure to put chocolate out of reach of your four legged friends, or cover it up, as it looks very enticing to them.  It doesn’t take a whole lot of chocolate (anywhere from 3 – 20 ounces) to cause problems such as vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, seizures, or even death due to an abnormal heart rhythm.  If you think that your pet may have gotten into some chocolate, be sure to call your veterinarian or the ASPCA poison control hotline (1-888-426-4435).

We can enjoy the Thanksgiving festivities by eating ourselves into comas, but as responsible pet owners, we need to make sure we keep these foods away from our four-legged friends.  There are many treats, such as Lean Treats, Buddy Biscuits or Greenies, that pets can enjoy that are specifically formulated for them. So if you feel like slipping your furry friend a treat for the holidays, make sure it’s not the same treats you enjoy, and get them a little something special that is all their own.