I can’t believe it’s almost Halloween! You know what that means, Thanksgiving and
Christmas are right around the corner. It’s important to remember that even though
we want our animals to be able to participate in all of our special celebrations, do not
feed them what you are eating unless you know it is safe. We don’t want any of our
beloved pets getting sick due to feeding them the wrong thing.
As veterinarians, we see an increase in the amount of cases of pancreatitis and
gastrointestinal upset (vomiting, diarrhea and a decreased appetite) right around this
time of year. There are ways to avoid this if you know what foods to feed and what
foods not to feed!
Bones can be very dangerous to your pet and it is recommended that you never feed
your pet bones! They can cause stomach upset, vomiting, diarrhea and even an
intestinal blockage. Be sure to keep all bones out of reach of your pet and dispose of
Be sure to never feed your pet raw or undercooked meat as this is another thing that
can cause an upset stomach and carries a risk of salmonella. This can lead to
dangerous bacterial infections in our pets that lead to vomiting, diarrhea, stomach
upset and even pancreatitis. If you would like to feed your dog some turkey or chicken,
please be sure it is cooked properly and you feed a piece that is low in fat and not
covered in skin.
There are several foods that we love in our dishes but should not be fed to a dog. These
include grapes, raisins, onions, garlic and mushrooms. Grapes and raisins can be toxic
to dogs and can lead to kidney failure so please avoid feeding these! Onions and garlic,
although quite tasty in our meals, can lead to red blood cell destruction and anemia in
our pets so be sure to keep them away from your pet’s meal. Mushroom ingestion by a
dog can lead to vomiting, seizures and potentially death so keep those yummy fungi to
Sweet potatoes and mashed regular potatoes are ok in small quantities as long as you
ixnay the butter, spices or any other additives such as drippings, sour cream or gravy.
Green beans, carrots and bread rolls are other items that are ok in small quantities as
long as they don’t contain butter or spices. Save the savory stuff for your own dinner
We all consider our pets part of our family and nothing says family like spending time
together. Keep these tips in mind so that we can all enjoy being together without an