SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — The holidays are here and before you know it dinner tables will be surrounded with delicious food. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and yes- even vegetables.
But before you sit down to enjoy the prepared food, it had to be put together. Onions, garlic, nutmeg all add flavor to those dishes.
And as you enjoy those dishes, your little furry companion is staring up at you wondering when it will get some too. You think, perhaps a piece of turkey is okay and drop it on the ground as a treat.
That all seems relatively fine, but did you remember to take the skin off? Did you check for cooked bones that may have been left there?
Dogs shouldn’t consume:
- Different parts of the turkey
- Candied yams
- Onion/garlic flavoring
- Bread/Cookie Dough
And the consequences aren’t only a stomachache. At an extreme, it could be death.
“They have trouble digesting their food and it throws off their insulin as well,” said Dee Schaefer of CNY SPCA. “If a dog gets pancreatitis and you don’t know the signs it can kill them very quickly.”
Food poisoning in pets can be recognized by:
- Excessively drinking water
Whether it’s the dog jumping up on the counter, the kids dropping what they don’t want to eat, or the trash overflowing on to the ground it all poses as a hazard to the safety of your pets.
According to the ASPCA, about 50,000 calls were made to Animal Poison Control last year in relation to cases regarding human food. Chocolate is the leading toxin for the State of New York.
A way to avoid making that phone call is by keeping your pet busy with something stimulating in a comfortable environment.
Toys filled with treats are a great distraction, according to Dave DellaContrada, the owner of Mother Nature Pet Supply.
“Throw some pumpkin in there,” DellaContrada said. “Pumpkin is an anti-acid very easy on the stomach and it’s all fiber and we’ll put some crescent seal on that or saran wrap on that Kong and we’ll put it in the freezer. Freeze it for a couple of hours and then when the guest come over we’ll unwrap that, put it in their bed and they’ll kind of relax themselves.”
Therefore, not only does this keep them occupied with a treat; the motion of licking helps reduce their anxiety and can calm them down.
Even if food is pushed back on the counter, the dog can still reach it depending on the breed.
“A Great Dane is table level,” said Schaefer. “ You put the food on the counter and they’re right there.”
A more basic method to avoid Animal Poison calls is to put up a baby gate for the room where all the food is placed.
This holiday season keep the pumpkin pie to yourself, but the pumpkin puree to your dog.