Thanksgiving is a time for friends and family to come together. If you are like most pet owners, your dog is a member of the family. By now I am sure you are all geared up for the holiday and have your plans set. If you plan on spending Thanksgiving with your dog, remember to play it safe - keep an eye on your dog, the food, the decorations and the doors! Each Thanksgiving, many dogs get very sick from eating rich, fatty foods or getting into decorations. Others run off because a guest left the door open - returning with injuries or becoming lost. Veterinary emergency clinics get pretty busy this time of year with cases that could have been avoided with some extra attention to details.
Fortunately, there are some table foods you can safely share with your dog in moderation, such as plain turkey (no bones or skin), sweet potatoes, green beans, peas, carrots and apples. Just remember to keep the portions small (treat-sized) and avoid seasoned/sweetened foods. Remember that treats should make up no more than 10% of your dog's daily food intake. Most important, make sure the treats you give your dog do not contain and foods that are toxic to dogs.
I wish all of you and your families (both human and non-human) a safe and fun holiday. Happy Thanksgiving!