10-2013 October

oct13aAsk Dr. Debbie

Q: Can I share some of my Thanksgiving turkey with my dog?

A: Turkey is low in fat, high in protein and a common ingredient in pet foods. You can offer turkey to your dog, but with the following conditions. Here are the “DO’s” and “DON’Ts” with sharing your Thanksgiving edibles with your pet.

DO feed only the turkey breast meat, without the skin. Both poultry skin and dark meat have a higher fat content, which could trigger digestive upset or pancreatitis.

Compare the numbers:
3.5 oz. of turkey breast without the skin contains 4 grams of fat and 161 calories
3.5 oz. of dark meat with skin has 13 grams fat and 237 calories.

DON’T exceed more than 10% of the daily diet as turkey or other treat foods. Just a bite or two suffices.

DON’T feed turkey (or any table food) to pets that had gastrointestinal upset in the past with diet changes or addition of new treats.

DON’T alter the diet of pets with a history of pancreatitis or those fed a prescription diet for other health conditions or those with food allergies.

DON’T feed bones. Both raw and cooked bones can cause digestive injury or obstructions.

DON’T share those yummy, rich side dishes like gravy, stuffing and deserts. Limit your feast sharing to just lean poultry meat.

DON’T treat your dog like a garbage disposal! Don’t feed your pet leftovers that have been refrigerated after four days. The risk of bacterial growth and food poisoning to people and pets goes up after 3 to 4 days of refrigeration.

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours
The hospital will be closed on Thursday, November 28th. We will be open regular hours (7:00am to 7:00pm) on the day before and after the holiday. For after hour emergencies call Craig Road Animal Hospital at 702-645-0331. A doctor is on-call for dog and cat emergencies.

Year Round Dental Savings 
You don’t have to wait till February to save money on your pet’s dental cleaning. We are now offering a year round dental savings program. Call for more details or to schedule your pet’s dental procedure today.

Pet of the Month
Congratulations to “Gigi Marie” our November pet of the month. To read more about her visit our facebook or webpage.


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