What you can and cannot feed your pet during Thanksgiving

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WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — Many of us will be treating ourselves to Thanksgiving favorites here in a couple days.

Being around so much holiday food may cause your dog to flash you those puppy dog eyes but it can be dangerous or even deadly.

If you’re thinking about sharing some of your helpings under the table with your furry friend, you might want to think again because while they might be enjoying that food now, they will be enduring dangerous risks not long after.

“Someone wants to always give them the fat and the bones you know from what they’ve been eating and that’s really the worst thing you can do. So we see a lot of dogs with issues from that on the day after Thanksgiving,” Veterinarian Dr. Kathy Sultemeier said.

Sultemeier of the Colonial Park Veterinarian Hospital in Wichita Falls said the majority of what’s on your menu should stay off your pets. Even items that we think are healthier and safer options.

“And then kind of the new thing is anything that’s sugar-free. So let’s say you’re serving something for a diabetic and it’s sugar-free some of those sweeteners are very toxic to dogs,” Sultemeier said.

Sultemeier said some dog owners may not be aware that what they might serve during the holidays is something that people eat all year long, meaning a year-round risk of your dog ingesting these dangerous ingredients.

“The other things people don’t tend to think about are some things that are kind of around year-round but we tend to have more of during the holidays, such as chocolate. So like that chocolate pie, the dog can’t get into that. Anything with grapes or raisins that’s also very toxic to dogs,” Sultemeier said.

While you may stop serving your dog scraps from your plate, it’s important to make sure the more curious and rambunxious dogs aren’t left unattended near any of the food including the helpings that have been left out unintentionally.

“Right after the meal sometimes we tend to leave our food out a little bit longer and those are times particularly around those meal times. You know, let’s just put the pet in a different area of the house give them a little of their own food, a little bit of their own chew toys so they can be happy and they’re going to keep themselves out of trouble,” Sultemeier said.

It’s also good not only to keep yourself aware of your pet’s surroundings but also informing your guests about your wishes with your pet is important in order to maintain the health of your best friend.

“Sometimes when we have guests in the house there are things that maybe we’re not used to in our home whether that’s alcohol, tobacco, drugs different things like that so just kind of being aware if you have any concerns just keep your pet up,” Sultemeier said.

Keeping them away so they are able to stick around for many years to come.

Dr. Sultemeier says if your pet happens to ingest any of the foods on the no feed list, call your veterinarian for tips on how to deal with the issue at hand.

Here’s a list of things your furry friend CANNOT eat:

  • Bones
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Grapes
  • Alcohol
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Nuts
  • Yeast dough
  • Fatty meats or meat scraps
  • Food cooked with nutmug
  • Food with xylitol as an ingredient

Here’s some tips on how to make sure your pet doesn’t get a hold of any leftover:

  • Be clear with friends/family about sharing food with your pet
  • Make sure to take out the trash i norder to avoid the risk of your dog running through it and find something they shouldn’t
  • Using a dishwasher? Close it quick so your pet doesn’t go over and lick the dishes clean!

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