Here are some safety tips to consider:
Watch out for bones:
Turkey and chicken bones can be a choking hazard to pets. These bones also tend to be fragile, which means they can splinter inside
your pet and cut their stomach and throat. This can lead to infections or intestinal blockages. If you share your dinner with your pets, make sure the meat is boneless.
Food to watch out for:
- Onions and onion powder can be extremely toxic to dogs. It has been shown that onions can destroy a dog’s red blood cells and cause
- Grapes and raisins can damage the kidneys of both dogs and cats if they are eaten in too large a quantity.
- Raw bread dough can cause abdominal problems for your pets. Their body heat can actually cause the dough to rise while it is in their stomach which can cause abdominal pain, and in severe cases, require surgery.
- Fatty foods can cause digestive issues in dogs and cats. If you give your pets a piece of meat, make sure it is lean.
- Any dessert containing chocolate or artificial sweeteners can be very toxic to dogs.
- Any raw meat or egg product is more likely to contain salmonella bacteria.
If you do share your dinner with your pets, make sure the portions are small. Even “safe” foods can cause indigestion if an animal eats too much. Just in case, make sure you have the number for the nearest emergency veterinary clinic and the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center National Hotline
(888-426-4435) on hand.
Keep your pets away from the table:
Your family and friends, especially those who don’t have pets of their own, may not know what your pet can and cannot eat, and may feed your pets off their plate if they see them begging. The best way to avoid this problem is to put your pets in a crate or a quiet room during dinner time.
Secure your garbage:
Dogs especially will look to raid your garbage and, besides making a mess, it can cause them serious health problems. Aside from containing all of the above-mentioned foods that can be toxic to dogs, the garbage will also contain rotting foods and other bacteria. This can lead to vomiting or diarrhea in mild cases, or more severe conditions like pancreatitis. Dog-proof your garbage and when you take your dog outside, keep an eye on them in case your neighbors have not dog-proofed their garbage