Thanksgiving, for most families, is all about the birds. hours go into roasting and basting, and when the feast is over, there are turkey sandwiches, turkey potpies, and turkey casseroles to make. In the middle of all that leftover turkey, it's tempting to slip some meat to our dogs, or even make a plate out of it as a special Thanksgiving treat.
But can dogs eat turkey? good for them? Are there any risks? Here is what you need to know about feeding turkeys to dogs to keep your dog on vacation safely.
Dogs can they eat turkey?
The short answer is “yes and no.” Turkey is not toxic to dogs. It is an ingredient in many commercial dog foods and is rich in nutrients likes protein, riboflavin and phosphorus. When cooked plain, under the direction of a veterinarian, it can be an essential part of a homemade dog diet .
Thanksgiving turkeys, however, are rarely cooked plain. We rub our birds with butter and oils and season them with salt, pepper, herbs and spices. We fill them with stuffing, onions, garlic and other herbs. For us it is delicious. For our dogs, this is a recipe at best for unpleasant digestive problems, and at worst for pancreatitis .
How to Feed Your Dog Turkey Safely
If you decide to feed your dog turkey for Thanksgiving, there are a few things you need to know to do it safely .
- Skip the skin. All that fat and seasoning is dangerous for dogs. The fat content can cause uPancreatitis and seasonings can irritate your dog's stomach.
- Make sure you only feed your dog turkey meat. Onions are toxic to dogs, and garlic is potentially poisonous in large amounts.
- Only give your dog small amounts of turkey and talk to your vet about adding leftover food to your dog's diet, especially if your dog has a medical condition, like diabetes .
- Make sure there are no bones in the meat you feed your dog.
Dogs can they eat turkey bones?
Poultry bones, especially cooked poultry bones, are brittle. This, combined with their small size, makes them very dangerous for dogs. Veterinarians advise against feeding dogs with bones of any kind, including poultry bones, as they can cause following problems:
- Injury to the mouth and tongue
- Obstruction of the throat or intestinal tract
- Bone fragments can pierce the lining of the stomach and intestines
- Rectal bleeding from sharp bone fragments
- Blockages requiring emergency surgery
If you want to give your dog a bone, try a large nylon or rubber chew bone or another size-appropriate chew toy . Some of them are even flavored, and your dog will live to chew another day.
Yes, you can feed your turkey doge safely , as long as you follow these guidelines. However, regularly giving table scraps to dogs can lead to obesity , which causes many problems including diabetes, high blood pressure, joint stress and hip dysplasia .
If you have further questions, ask your vet how to safely feed your dog turkey.