Can dogs eat turkey?

Nov 21, 2019 | Pet Health, Pets

With Thanksgiving being next week, we are all busy grocery shopping and making plans for turkey day.  If you are like me and my family, our pets are a big part of our holiday celebration and we love to give them a little holiday treat.  Jake and Maggie do not get table scraps but a little bite of plain white meat won’t hurt them.  So, the question is…can dogs eat turkey?  The answer is yes and no!  But we have to be careful on what and how much to give.  Here’s why…
 
Turkey is a great source of protein and you might find it listed as the first ingredient on the back of a high quality dog food.  Giving your dog a little bit with the fat and skin removed is fine but sharing your dinner is not.  Turkeys are seasoned with salts, peppers, garlic, different seasonings, butter, oils and stuffed with onions and other ingredients to help lock the flavors in and this can upset a dogs stomach.  Avoid, at all costs, tossing your dog a turkey bone.  They are small and brittle and can cause severe damage to your pet.
 
Did you know that veterinarians refer to Black Friday as Pancreatitis Day?  This is because people feed their pets turkey meat with fat and skin attached, turkey bones and other food items they cannot eat causing them health problems and landing their dog at the vets.  If your pet is experiencing any of the following symptoms, get them to a vet immediately.
 
Classic signs of pancreatitis in dogs:
  • Hunched back
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Pain or distention of the abdomen (dog appears uncomfortable or bloated)
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dehydration
  • Weakness/lethargy
  • Fever
 

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