Cinema Veterinary Centre

Enjoy your Thanksgiving Holiday!!

Posted on Nov 23, 2016 by deborah  | Tags: pets, dogs, cats, thanksgiving, diet

from ALL of us at Cinema Veterinary Centre!!!

Holiday feasts are around the corner, and that means plenty of food and eating. Once you've had your fill of turkey, honey-glazed ham, and all of your extended family has returned home, what are you to do with all the leftovers?

It may be tempting to just make a plate for your dog or cat and let them eat to their heart's content. You may even think you are giving them the treat of a lifetime. But there are many "human food" items that are unhealthy, and even DANGEROUS for your pet.

Here are some essential diet NO NO'S for the holiday season (after this list is some fun OK's to offer!!):

1. If you know your pet has had digestive sensitivities in the past, you should avoid new foods. Your holiday can be easily ruined by a carpet full of the resulting "reaction."

2. Don't overwhelm your pet with a bunch of new things all at once. Small, low-fat, non-spicy portions of food are the key.

3. Though small, well-cooked portions of alliums (onions, garlic, leeks, scallions, etc.) can be okay when pets are accustomed to them, larger quantities can lead to toxic anemia -- especially in dogs.

4. Chocolate causes abnormally high heart rhythms in dogs, among other problems. While an M&M or two may not hurt, a dog that snatches a large chunk of baking chocolate from the counter may end up in the ER and may not survive!

5. No grapes or raisins. These fruits have been found to cause kidney failure in dogs, and studies have shown that these products tend to cause problems over a period of time, so there's no need to risk it.

6. No xylitol. Most people don't cook with this sugar substitute, but diabetics often do. Anything with xylitol in it is toxic and absolutely deadly to dogs.

7. No macadamia nuts. As delicious as they are, we recommend you not offer them to your pet(s).

8. No alcohol. This is obvious. Though not toxic in the amounts most humans tend to see, pets are even more susceptible to its effects due to their relatively small size.

Now for the FUN "OK" list!!:

We'd like to first add that giving your pet scraps should only be done after getting your veterinarian's OK, and only in small quantities.

1. Turkey. Any excess fat and skin should be removed from the leftover turkey. In addition, make sure the turkey does not have any bones, as they tend to splinter.

2. Mashed Potatoes. Not harmful in and of itself, but be careful if you have added any extra ingredients to the mash (e.g., cheese, sour cream, onions, or gravy).

3. Cranberry Sauce. This holiday favorite is safe for most pets, but it can also be too high in sugar, so make sure you give only small amounts and observe reactions.

4. Macaroni and Cheese. Though it might not taste as good, it might be better to feed your pet just the macaroni. Your pet will love the plain pasta all the same.

5. Green Beans. Again, not harmful alone, but be careful when mixing it with other ingredients (such as in a green bean casserole). This low-sodium treat is an otherwise wonderfully nutritious holiday leftover for your pet.