Dogs and cats can be seen relishing their delicious dinner which was completed with turkey, yams, mashed potatoes, green beans, and gravy.
Is there any day that goes by without your pet making it special by showering that extra dose of love? Surely not. So, why don't we do the same for them? Yes, you might have bought them some toys or a fancy collar, but have you ever thought of including them while celebrating special holidays? Thanksgiving, for example, is incomplete without having turkey with a side of beans and mashed potatoes and of course gravy. But why leave out our best friends? Keeping this approach in mind, one animal shelter in North Carolina provided a tasty treat to their pets for this year's Thanksgiving.
While the animals at the shelter await their forever homes, New Hanover Sheriff’s Office Animal Services Unit decided to make their day a little better. Taking to Facebook, the department wrote: Today every shelter animal also got a little bit of holiday cheer and happiness in their bowl! Shelter animals deserve a turkey dinner too and they loved theirs today! Please make sure anything you give your pets today is safe for them! Happy Thanksgiving from all of us with the Animal Services Unit!! 🦃🍁
Apart from urging people to do something special on this occasion, the shelter staff requesting people to be careful and make sure that the food they were providing their pets were safe for them to consume. The post was accompanied by several heartwarming pictures of the animals enjoying their feast. Dogs and cats can be seen relishing their delicious dinner of some shredded turkey, yams, mashed potatoes, green beans, and gravy.
It takes several ingredients to make our special feast delectable. However, many of them could harmful to our furry friends' health, says Dr. Hyunmin Kim, a veterinary staff manager at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty and Animals, according to a report by Fox5. That's why one needs to know exactly what all should be avoided while preparing the meal for the animals. Thankfully, Dr. Kim provided a few things that pet owners should avoid feeding their animal friends. Take a look at the points mentioned below:
Ham: Food items made using pork could cause vomiting, diarrhea, pancreatitis, an upset stomach.
Turkey: Make sure to leave the huge bone out while providing them meat as it could easily lead to choking. "Be sure to be mindful of the ingredients such as onion and garlic and spices that may sneak into your dishes, too," warned Kim.
Stuffing: Common ingredients like garlic and onions that we put into our stuffing recipes is often toxic for our pets. But we tend to overlook sage which could be equally harmful to them. "While sage can be a delicious addition to your Thanksgiving stuffing, it (and many other herbs) contain essential oils and resins that can cause gastrointestinal upset and central nervous system depression in pets," advised Kim.
Candied yams/sweet potato casserole: If you're using raisins in your recipe keep it away from your pets as a toxic substance contained in grapes and raisins has been associated with causing kidney failure in dogs.
Dinner rolls: Giving your pet some plain bread is generally safe. However, make sure that there's no raw yeast dough as the sugar content in it converts into carbon dioxide gas and alcohol, resulting in a drunk bloated pet.
Prime rib: No one likes overcooked dry meat. But if the undercooked meats contain bacteria like Salmonella and E. coli, it could be very dangerous for your domestic pets.
Pecan pie: As most kinds of nuts are high in fat, it could cause diarrhea, vomiting, and sometimes pancreatitis in pets.
Chocolate: No chocolates for your pets! The substances that are present in these decadent treats can cause diarrhea, vomiting, excessive thirst and urination, diarrhea, panting, seizures, hyperactivity, tremors, and sometimes death.