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April 17, 2014

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Holiday Food and Your Pets

Shiloh (left) and Nyla are two of the adoptable pets at the local Animal Shelter, who will probably enjoy some Thanksgiving turkey. However, you should be careful with "people food" that you share with pets.

Originally published: 2013-11-27 17:50:12
Last modified: 2013-12-01 11:11:27

From The Greeneville Neighbor News

By Janet Medcalf

With Thanksgiving and Christmas coming soon, we wanted to share a few facts with you before you feed your dog or cat those holiday treats and table scraps. 

When you sit down at the holiday table, does your dog or cat give you a sad hungry look as you take a bite of delicious food? 

Did you know that by feeding a dog or cat table food that they are not used to eating, it could make them sick to their stomachs, even causing vomiting and diarrhea?

In the most serious of consequences, feeding table scraps may contribute to certain medical diseases namely pancreatitis which can be life threatening.

Most holiday foods are fine in small portions, but just like with people, the fat content is not healthy for your pets to indulge in.

The consequences of feeding your pet too much from the table may not be a very enjoyable thing.

Turkey can be fine in small amounts, but avoid feeding the skin, which is very fatty. 

Never feed turkey bones to your pets. Be sure to remove all bones before feeding the meat.

Because of the high fat content, turkey gravy is not recommended for your pet. 

Bland mashed potatoes and stuffing should be fine, but if you add onions, garlic, scallions, chives or leeks to the dish, you definitely can't share them with your pet. All of these are toxic -- maybe even fatal -- to cats and dogs. So even if you have been lucky in the past, you may not want to take any chances in the future. 

If you don’t know the ingredients of a dish, do not feed it to your pet. It’s better to play it safe now than to be sorry later.

Cranberry sauces are many times made with nuts, raisins, sugar, pineapple and other fruits that are not recommend for your pet.

Most nuts are fine for your pet, but macadamia nuts are toxic to dogs.

A good thing to remember is that grapes and raisins are definitely to be avoided because they can cause kidney failure in dogs and possibly in cats.

Though there are many foods to avoid, there is one bright spot to share. Those rolls that so often fall to the floor are no worry when it comes to feeding your pet. 

Though your pet should not overindulge, a roll or two should not hurt your cat or dog.

Most vegetables are safe if not too heavily seasoned.

Corn and green beans are fine to share. But if someone offers your pet the green bean casserole made with fried onions, quickly remove those fried onions and then rinse the beans for safety. Better yet, just skip the green bean casserole when treating your pet.

Lastly, most would agree that their favorite part of the holiday meal is the delicious pies.

Though pies are not the best food for your dog or cat because of the high sugar content, a little taste of pumpkin or pecan pie should be fine.

We’ve all heard of the funny stories where a Thanksgiving turkey has disappeared from the kitchen counter or a basket of rolls have been mysteriously eaten, so be sure keep an eye on those precious family furry friends and keep them safe.

Let your guests know your rules when it comes to your dog or cat and feeding them scraps! We want everyone to have a safe and healthy holiday with his or her pets!

We love giving our animals a special treat of turkey at the Greeneville-Greene County Humane Society’s Adoption Center, but just a very small amount at a time. Happy Holidays from all of us at Greeneville-Greene County Humane Society.

For more information and stories, see The Greeneville Sun.

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