Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Is this great or what?! Barbara Spurll Images

5 AM and everyone's still asleep except me and Gracie. As I groggily stuffed the bird in the oven, she sat over at her kitchen borderline, (no dogs beyond this point- yeah right- hey, we TRY) hoping something would hit the floor so she could manage a quick snatch & grab. It occurred to me it might be a good idea to talk about dogs and turkey day. I'll make it simple.

Listen up! People food is not dog food. They just aren't built like us. No matter how human they seem to us, some of the foods we love are poison to them.

The house smells sooo good today & we're all salivating. Your BFF is aquiver with aromatic shock and it's a real temptation to share the bounty with him. Do your dog- and yourself - a real favor- just say no. Nothing could ruin your holiday -or life- faster than a sick dog so stuff your turkey, not your dog.

I'm not going into the long list of foods that are hazardous to your best friend's health. That's a whole other blog. If you need chapter and verse, go hit the ASPCA site. Just use your head. If your dog eats kibble 364 days a year, what do you think a plate of stuffing and gravy is going to do to him?
There are a few things worth repeating...
The number one no-no is turkey bones- a no brainer. Like any cooked bones, they can splinter & cause serious, possibly irreparable damage to a dog's gut. Make soup with those bones.
Next on the list is turkey skin-(but oh how I love it!) Who knew it can cause acute pancreatis in dogs? It's crispy & buttery and looks like a dogs dream-come-true-treat when it is actually their worst nightmare. Toss it out- in the opposite direction of your dog. The same goes for the gravy. Try a little bit of non-fatty broth instead.
Raw bread dough- I found this out the hard way. DisGrace once snarked some unbaked dog treat dough off the counter & I had visions of the yeast fermenting & exploding inside her. After my frantic call to the vet, I realized she had only gotten a tiny bit of dough so inducing vomiting wasn't necessary. (Thank God- what's worse than a puking dog? Me puking with the dog) According to ASPCA experts, when raw bread dough is ingested, an animal's body heat causes the dough to rise in his stomach. As it expands, the pet may experience vomiting, severe abdominal pain and bloating, which could become a life-threatening emergency, requiring surgery. I guess DisGrace was lucky.
Because she has developed allergies, Grace doesn't eat kibble any more. Her dinner today will be pretty much the same as every day. White meat, green beans, carrots & sweet potato. She has a bit of canned pumpkin (not pie filling) daily (good fiber) so maybe she thinks every day is Thanksgiving Day.
Come to think of it, I guess we all should.

so may you all bask in the warmth of your tryptophan nap and have a happy, thankful day.


adozeneggs said...

I never knew turkey skin was bad. Good to know.
We feed Lily roast chickens, ground beef, beets, green beans, kidney beans, carrots and sweet potatoes along with doggy vitamins. She loves it. It's a whole mix of good, natural stuff, better than dry food. I've heard that dry food is bad, bad, bad for dogs and cats alike so we stay away from dry food. Everyone in our house seems to be happy!
Thanks for the info!!

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

What great advice..
Hope you had a happy turkey day..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Barbara said...

I had to smile as I remembered the panic we all experienced when we realized Gracie had grabbed that whole recipe of dog treat dough you had resting on the counter and it was suddenly on the kitchen floor! As we tried to discern just how much she had actually eaten, you were trying to decide who to call about this particular problem...as I rushed to my computer to research what this could do to her! I remember our sigh of relief as we found out she might develop lots of gas (like that was something new!) and be uncomfortable, but she would survive! Just another memorable moment I got to share with your family while visiting in Anacortes...and why I'm anxious to make a return visit!

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