I’m taking a Thanksgiving break and will be back on Nov. 27. In the meantime, here are some things to keep in mind about pets and Thanksgiving:
1. Thanksgiving is for humans, not pets. We spend all year feeding our animal companions relatively bland diets. If you let your dogs and cats have treats of rich turkey tidbits and spicy foods, or you let them lick the fat or gravy off pans and plates, you can end up with sick animals.
2. Be extra careful to dispose of the greasy string that holds your roasting turkey together. It can cause choking or intestinal blockage if swallowed by a pet. (Make sure the lid on your outside garbage can is fastened securely so hungry wild animals can’t reach that tasty string.)
3. Salmonella (food poisoning) bacteria is usually killed by cooking, but turkeys are often undercooked. Unrefrigerated food left sitting out all afternoon while you visit with guests should be dumped into the garbage, and not into pet dishes.
4. Poultry bones are dangerous for pets to eat. The hollow bones shatter easily, and sharp pieces can pierce the intestines.
5. Don’t forget that chocolate is bad for dogs and cats. Chocolate contains theobromine, which is toxic to these animals.
6. Your pets might enjoy the quiet confines of a back bedroom if visiting grandchildren get too frisky.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving! See you next Tuesday!