MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Thanksgiving is approaching, and if you have a furry friend you know they like to hang around the dinner table hoping to catch whatever may fall off your plate.
Pet owners should be cautious about what their pets are consuming this holiday season.
Some food items can be extremely dangerous for pets to eat.
Matthew Womack, community outreach and education manager for the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County, told FOX13 it’s all about timing.
“You want to do that during the preparation stage. Some raw vegetables like green beans or sweet potatoes are good for them,” said Womack.
The key is to feed your pet before everything is cooked. Once the food is cooked, things like oil, butter, and salts can be very harmful. Womack says you also need to avoid feeding pets foods that are acidic.
“Foods like onions, raisins, and grapes, things where their acidity is a little higher than other foods, that’s something a lot of people don’t know. Those are not good for your pets, they are very harmful,” said Womack.
The most dangerous foods to your pets are meats that have bones.
“A sharp piece could cut something internally. A larger piece, even if it was smooth and it wasn’t going to cut anything can cause blockage,” Womack tells FOX13.
Womack says you also need to keep a close eye on your trash can and what you throw away. Some pets can easily knock it over and feast on what’s inside.
“That can cause other things. Hey, this wad of paper towels smells good, its got a bunch of turkey grease on it, those are other things that can cause blockages,” said Womack.
These are cases where you would probably have to take your pet to an emergency vet. Womack says you also need to check in with your vet and see if they are open on Thanksgiving. If they are not, you need to make sure you know where the closest emergency vet is. At the end of the day, Womack says if you really want to feed your pet snacks, just go ahead and buy treats from the grocery store.
“You can hit up your favorite dog bakery, local dog bakery and get them a cake or cupcake. That way, you have something that you know is safe and good for them,” said Womack.