November 21, 2013
Dear Dr. Wise:
With the Thanksgiving Holiday approaching, I would like my
cats and dogs to share in the bounty. Is
it safe to feed your pets a little bit of turkey, stuffing or other Thanksgiving
pets may definitely want to eat a few scraps of turkey, most of the foods we
eat for Thanksgiving may not be the best things to feed your pets. For example if you are feeding your dogs or
cats turkey, make sure you are not feeding it to them raw or undercooked, which
may contain salmonella bacteria. Always
make sure the turkey is boneless and well-cooked. Another popular Thanksgiving food is stuffing
which may contain sage and other herbs.
Though it may make your stuffing taste delicious, herbs contain
essential oils and resins that can cause gastrointestinal upset and central
nervous system depression to pets if eaten in large quantities. Cats are especially sensitive to the effects
of these essential oils.
So with that being said, I would say limit your pets to a
few bites of well-cooked boneless turkey, and offer them some of their favorite
dog or cat treats. To read about more
Thanksgiving Safety Tips for your pets click
here. I wish you and your pets a
happy and healthy Thanksgiving!