Mixed nuts are a part of many Thanksgiving celebrations. In addition to turkey, nuts are another offering at the table that needs to be strictly restricted from your pet.
Many nuts, such as Macadamian nuts, walnuts, and pecans, contain a high amount of fat which can cause gastrointestinal problems, intestinal blockage or pancreatitis. In small amounts peanuts can be given and peanut butter is okay to give as a treat but check the ingredients first. If you see the artificial sweetener, Xylitol, on the ingredient list, then do not give it to your pet! Xylitol is extremely toxic to your dog and cat.
The next holiday that can have negative consequences for your pet is Thanksgiving. If turkey is part of your Thanksgiving celebration then make sure you know the facts before you sneak some turkey scraps under the table to him.
* Feed the "lean" meat - white meat without skin and seasoning.
* Avoid the fat, skin and rich areas such as the legs.
* Limit your dog to small amounts of the meat at a time.
* Do not give your dog any turkey bones.
If your dog eats the too much of the rich turkey fat and meat it can cause pancreatitis, which is a painful, inflamed pancreas.
Signs to look for if your dog ate too much rich turkey meat:
We just had a dog come to our clinic in a critical state after ingesting a mouse poison know as "Tomcat". Anticoagulant rodenticides, such as Tomcat, put your pets at risk. This poison works by inhibiting the coagulation (clotting) of blood. When ingested by an animal, anticoagulants block the synthesis of vitamin K, an essential component for normal blood clotting, which results in spontaneous and uncontrolled bleeding. This is how the poison kills mice and rats. Once the rodent ingests the poison, it slows down and becomes easier prey for your cat. Wildlife such as hawks, owls and mammals like bobcats are also being poisoned by these products.
The newer version of d-Con's "soft block" uses a different toxin that causes renal failure. Just one bait block contains a toxic dose for most animals under 35 lbs.
Owls are the ultimate rodent hunters. Owls eat numerous mice each night, especially during nesting season when they have little ones to feed. An estimate for a pair of Barn owls with their five nestlings (typical size) will consume 3,000 rodents in a breeding season! A single owlet will eat its own weight in mice every night. Rodenticides kill the predators that are keeping the rodent population in check.
We are often posed the question, "What kind of treat is good for my dog?'. Many of the commercially made dog biscuits, jerkies, etc.. have sugar, artificial colors and preservatives that are not good choices for your pet. If you want to get away from dog junk-food treats and give him/her something more healthy, then you can try a fruit or vegetable. But some are not safe for your dog, so be sure to check the list.
Dr. Anthony Oddo likes to promote green beans. Keep them frozen, dogs like them that way as a crunchy treat. Besides being packed with vitamins, green beans have fiber to help with satiety. Green beans are also great to use as treats for overweight dogs.
Cucumbers have very few carbohydrates, fats and oils and are shown to boost energy. Another great treat for overweight dogs!
This website will help you choose some other safe fruits and vegetables. https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/nutrition/fruits-vegetables-dogs-can-and-cant-eat/
The recent rain in Central Oregon has caused many mushroom caps to appear. Some of these can be very deadly to humans and pets if consumed. Check your yard, especially under conifer trees. This handout, put out by the Central Oregon Mushroom Club, will help you identify the deadly Amanita mushrooms that are found in our area. If you suspect your pet ate a mushroom, take a photo of it if possible and call us immediately!
When the weather warms up in Central Oregon the topic of ticks seems to surface if you're a dog owner.
If you look at the statistics, the chance that you or your dog will be exposed to a disease carried by ticks, is very small. But you should be aware, and depending on your activities, be prepared.