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Here are some tips that will help your dog get through Thanksgiving and the upcoming holiday season safely.
It's tempting to give your dog a big fat bowl of turkey, mashed potatoes, and whatever else you think she might enjoy, but that's a bad idea. Overindulging in fatty foods can lead to an upset stomach, diarrhea, or a life-threatening condition called pancreatitis. If you do share, make it a very small amount and keep in mind that turkey skin can wreak havoc with a dog's digestive system.
Stuff Your Dog's Kong, Not Your Dog
A great way to keep your dog busy and happy during your meal is to coat the inside of a Kong toy with some plain sweet potato and fill it with your dog's food. You can layer the dog food with a small amount of plain white turkey meat to make it more interesting. This will keep your dog happy and occupied for a while.
Get Her Pooped
A dog that has been on a good long walk or had time to play ball will be much more likely to run out of energy during the feast than a dog that's been sitting around all day. A tired dog is a good dog on Thanksgiving day and every day. Make sure your pup gets plenty of exercise before the festivities begin.
Make No Bones About It
Cooked turkey bones and any meat bones can be a danger to your dog. They're sharp, and potentially very dangerous. You may not know a dog has a bone lodged in your their digestive system for days. Don't leave plates with bones or the turkey carcass lying around. Hungry dogs have been known to run off with the remains of a carved turkey. It can happen in the blink of an eye. Put plates in an unreachable area if you can't dispose of everything properly right away. Consider using baby gates to keep dogs contained if food is being served buffet style and guests will be eating in areas other than a dining table.
Don't Cry Over Onions
Onions are toxic to dogs. They can lead to a dangerous form of anemia. Make sure your dog stays away from all types of onions including the pearly whites, yellows, and reds.
Don't Give Her the Raw Deal
Keep your pup away from the uncooked dough for bread or rolls. The raw dough rises in the dog's stomach, doubling or more in bulk. If the dog has eaten enough, the swollen dough can cause pain, vomiting, and bloating, conditions that can send you to the doggy ER on Thanksgiving.
Avoid Yappy Hour
Some dogs seem to enjoy alcoholic drinks, however dogs and booze are a bad mix. Your dog may not do anything embarrassing she'll regret in the morning, but she could become disoriented and quite ill. Too much alcohol can even lead to a coma, and death. Be careful where everyone puts their drinks.