Tomorrow is my favorite holiday of the year. Food, family and football is the trifecta that makes me a happy girl.
There’s an excellent chance that someone will eat (or drink) too much and have a tummy ache tomorrow. There may not be much you can do about the two-legged guests at your house, but you can keep an eye on the four-legged ones.
Let’s start with what you should avoid: Highly seasoned, salty foods, alcohol and turkey bones top the list. Fatty poultry skin and ham can cause an upset stomach and even pancreatitis in pets, so be careful to avoid these tasty morsels falling into the jaws of you pet. An unwatched cocktail could end up making your pooch queasy or — especially in small dogs — end up in alcohol poisoning. A careful eye on the critters (enlist the kids and your guests) should keep them from harm.
Now let’s move on to what your pooches can enjoy, because what’s Thanksgiving if you can’t share the bounty: White meat turkey is a fine snack, as are many of the popular Thanksgiving sides as long as they aren’t too salty or sweet. Carrots and green beans (raw or steamed) are good choices as well.
Sweet potatoes — before they are brown-sugar-and-butter-sauced and hidden under marshmallows — are a great treat. So is the raw pumpkin before it becomes pie.
My annual feed-the-dogs holiday sin: Pie crust edge. I don’t care for it, and I like to save the calories for the pecans in the middle of the pie. I inevitably toss the “pie bones” to my dogs. But they have to split one “pie bone” between three of them, and so far it’s never been a problem.
Again, enlist the help of your guests to make sure the pets aren’t fed a constant stream of treats all day. Even healthy stuff can cause an upset stomach if too much is consumed (that’s one I have to remember myself.)
Finally, make sure the trash, including the carcass of the bird, is secured where hungry pooches can’t invade. Not only could this result in a costly trip to the emergency vet (4902 Frontage Road NW, 563-8575) it will likely make a mess that no one wants to clean.
Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving, everyone. And if it’s not too cold, take the dogs for a walk (halftime activity!) to work off the calories.