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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
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
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:
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