Pet Safety Over the Holidays


All of a sudden, it’s the holidays! I don’t know about you, but I’m surprised. They seem to come earlier each year. But there’s no getting around it; it’s time for thanksgiving, and Christmas is just around the corner.

With all the great food on Thanksgiving, we need to remember that our pets can’t always eat the same thing as us. In fact, according to the health website WebMD, some human foods are poison to our pets. I have a pair of Australian Shepherds who don’t really want me to know that. But I have to overrule the dogs on this one; the WebMD advice makes sense.

They tell us that turkey meat is just as good for our dogs as it is for us. However, the fatty skin is not – too much of the skin can cause pancreatitis in dogs. We also need to be very careful of the bones; contrary to what some may tell you, they do not digest easily and can cause serious internal injuries such as a perforated intestinal tract.

It’s surprising what foods are toxic to dogs. We’ve all heard about chocolate, and yes it’s toxic, but so are grapes, and therefore, raisins. And the alliums – onions, garlic, leeks, and scallions – are also poisonous to our 4 legged friends. Macadamia nuts are dangerous too. You also should not let your dogs eat bread or cake, Neither should they have any food that is heavily spiced.


Molly, a beautiful Australian Shepherd
Molly is an Aussie with great eyes for begging – one brown and one blue. 

With those big sad eyes and skillful begging skills, you know your dogs will get fed, so make sure you’re in control of what they are offered. I ask visitors to not share food with the dogs until after the meal is over, and to clear it with me first. The dogs can have reasonable amounts of turkey meat, mashed potatoes, and sweet potatoes. They get a little gravy for seasoning – we will make a little plain gravy for them that has no onions or seasoning. A small amount of cranberries are good – my dogs love them. They can also have green beans if they’re not in a casserole, which might have onions in it.Last thing is, keep track of your dogs. If there will be a lot of people coming and going, there is a chance of a dog slipping out and getting in trouble on the street. So keep your eyes open and keep your best friend safe.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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