Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to get together with family and friends. It is also tempting to treat our pets at the same time, but there are some potential dangers that may be involved and are good to be aware of!
It is important to remember some foods that are OK for people are toxic to animals. Some examples include chocolate, onions and garlic which can all cause issues in our pets.
Another possible issue is higher fat foods which have the potential to lead to pancreatitis in both cats and dogs. The pancreas is important in fat digestion and can become inflamed if overwhelmed with a very fatty meal. And in general, if an animal is fed a food it is not used to it, there is always the risk it can lead to stomach upset, typically seen as vomiting and/or diarrhea.
An interesting case seen at our clinic a couple years ago was a dog that had accidentally swallowed a turkey skewer that was mistakenly left in Thanksgiving dinner scraps fed to the dogs! Luckily this case had a good outcome with the skewer being removed successfully with surgery.
Thanksgiving is definitely a great time to celebrate but it is also important to keep our pets safety in mind.