Thanksgiving Leftovers Are Not Good For Pets

Posted: Nov 23 2015, 5:35am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

Thanksgiving Leftovers are Not Good for Pets
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  • Feeding Thanksgiving Leftovers to Pets is a Bad Idea

According to the latest scoop, feeding Thanksgiving dinner leftovers to pets is a bad idea.

Everybody loves a hearty Thanksgiving dinner with the roasted stuffed turkey and other delicious goodies on the family table. Sometimes the food is so abundant that there are leftovers that get fed to the pet next day.

Yet, this feeding of scraps to your dog or cat is not a healthy practice. The rich food could end up making the domesticated animal pretty sick. And although many celebrating individuals may think that throwing a scrap to their pet is a sign of animal welfare, in fact it is just the opposite.

The Humane Society warns that such a practice is inimical to the health status of the animals that snoop about in your house. Even the least amount fed to your pet canine or feline can have dire consequences.

There is the issue of high sodium chloride levels which could send your pet’s blood pressure levels shooting sky high. And then the bones of turkey and chicken could get broken into sharp chips that get stuck in the throats of your pet animals. This is likely to injure the pet. Sodium can also cause stomach cramps.

Also the sauce and fat from the Thanksgiving dinner is likely to cause abdominal pain in pets. Pumpkin dishes that are fed to cats and dogs cause loose stools as a result of their ingestion.

The food you feed your puppy or kitten must be carefully monitored if you don’t want the little critter to get all upset in the end. Cats are strictly meat-eaters. That means that you should feed them all sorts of flesh items. And dogs are omnivores. Feeding them vegetables and meats is an ideal strategy. Anything other than that would be a wrong decision.

Garlic and onions are especially very bad for your pet. And if they are uncooked, they are ten times as deadly. Even such seemingly benign things as raisins and grapes can lead to kidney failure in dogs and cats.

When most pet owners see their pets begging for food with big plaintive eyes, they have a tendency to give in and feed the beast. But a policy of “anything goes” in pet nutrition could easily backfire. So steer clear of feeding the dog or cat mashed potatoes, mushrooms or peppers. It will only upset the biological system of your Garfield or Snoopy.

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