HELP! MY DOG ATE...

Is it okay if your niece feeds Fido un­der the ta­ble? Dr. Tricia Earley talks turkey, sides, and sweets.

Country Living (USA) - - THE FIELD GUIDE -

CRANBERRY SAUCE

Cranberry sauce by it­self is per­fectly fine for dogs to eat. In fact, cran­ber­ries can be ben­e­fi­cial for the uri­nary tract. How­ever, if your sauce in­cludes grapes, raisins, or cur­rants, do not al­low your dog to con­sume any amount of it. Grapes, raisins, and cur­rants are highly toxic to dogs. If con­sumed in large enough quan­ti­ties, these fruits may lead to kid­ney fail­ure.

WHEN TO CALL THE VET:

Keep a close eye on your dog, and make the call if you no­tice per­sis­tent vom­it­ing, di­ar­rhea, lack of ap­petite, or ex­cess thirst and uri­na­tion.

PUMP­KIN PIE

Pump­kin it­self is not bad for dogs. It can help with di­ges­tive is­sues, such as con­sti­pa­tion, and is of­ten found in treats and dog food. Pump­kin pie, how­ever, has lots of added sugar and fat. While none of these in­gre­di­ents are toxic, too much fat and sugar can cause di­ar­rhea, which makes for an un­pleas­ant Thanks­giv­ing for all those in­volved.

WHEN TO CALL THE VET:

If you know your pup has bro­ken in to the pump­kin pie, watch them care­fully. Call your vet if di­ar­rhea is per­sis­tent for longer than 24 hours, or sooner if di­ar­rhea con­tains blood.

TURKEY

Turkey meat is harm­less, but things get dicey if your pet eats turkey bones or gravy. Bones can be dan­ger­ous and can eas­ily splin­ter and lac­er­ate the esoph­a­gus or stom­ach or be­come lodged in the di­ges­tive tract. Gravy is filled with fat, and a sud­den in­ges­tion of high fat con­tent can be hard on di­ges­tive sys­tems, caus­ing vom­it­ing, di­ar­rhea, or pan­cre­ati­tis, a painful, po­ten­tially life-threat­en­ing con­di­tion.

WHEN TO CALL THE VET:

If vom­it­ing or di­ar­rhea lasts longer than 24 hours, they seem lethar­gic, or show a lack of ap­petite

MASHED POTA­TOES

Sim­ple mashed pota­toes are fine for a dog to eat. (Boiled pota­toes can even be a great car­bo­hy­drate source for dogs.) How­ever, when lots of cream and but­ter are added, the fat con­tent goes up. Just as with con­sump­tion of gravy, lots of fat can lead to gas­troin­testi­nal up­set. If your mashed pota­toes are ex­tra but­tery, avoid shar­ing them with your dog.

WHEN TO CALL THE VET:

If their vom­it­ing or di­ar­rhea lasts longer than 24 hours, they seem lethar­gic, or show a lack of ap­petite

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