Hard to believe Thanksgiving is less than a week away! Soon dogs across the country will be positioning themselves underneath the dinner table waiting for a scrap of the Thanksgiving feast. But beware – table scraps and extra treats can add up quickly—just a 5 oz serving of dark meat turkey for your small dog can be the caloric equivalent of an entire 8-inch pumpkin pie for you.
Data from Trupanion database reveals that pet owners with overweight pets spend as much as five times more in veterinary expenses than pet owners with average-sized pets.
While we don’t condone table feeding, we want to make sure you’re aware of which foods are safe in case your dog does manage to snag a table scrap, or two. Plus – Check out the attached infographic that better illustrates the point!
A small amount of lean, light meat is okay but make sure to keep the skin, fat, and any dark meat far from your furry friend. Most importantly, make sure that your dog does not get a hold of any cooked bones as they can cause choking or be ingested and damage to your pet’s digestive system.
At Trupanion, one of the most common claims we receive is for Foreign Body Ingestion with costs averaging $1,400 to treat dogs.
“Some objects can pass uneventfully with supervision, but the longer pet owners wait, the more dangerous—and costly—foreign body ingestion can become,” said Sarah Nold, DVM, Trupanion staff veterinarian. “As the object travels further along the gastrointestinal tract, the opportunity for complications increases and the cost to remove the object often increases along with it. You never want to ‘wait and see’ with these things, and with the busy holiday season, the last thing you want to do is rush your pet to the emergency veterinary hospital in the middle of Thanksgiving dinner.”
If you use raisins, onions, chives, garlic, or scallions to prepare your stuffing (and who doesn’t) make sure your dog steers clear. Stuffing often contains those key ingredients that are toxic to pets.
Bland mashed potatoes are okay (If not a little bland). But as with stuffing, mashed potatoes prepared with garlic, onions, scallions, or chives should definitely be kept away from pets as these foods are toxic to dogs and cats. Even buttery or salty mashed potatoes can cause a serious stomach ache. Plain sweet potato is a much better alternative for your pet.
Pumpkin Pie, Apple Pie, and Pecan Pie!
It’s best not to purposely feed pie to your four-legged friend – sugar is not a friend of your dog. Instead, consider one of the many pet recipes that gives your pup a taste of pumpkin pie without all of the sugary sweetness.