Long ago, we had a dog named Nancy Reagan. She was a stray that one day decided we were her family. She was a goof ball and continuously into things. It would be her downfall.
One year, after the festivities, Nancy Reagan thought she was being clever and got into discarded turkey bones. We were responsible and *thought* they had been disposed of properly. By the time we awoke, Nancy Reagan had met her fate and we were all saddened by the realization of what had happened.
Consider this: Every year, countless dogs in head to the vet after Thanksgiving — many suffering from digestive problems and canine pancreatitis — because they’ve eaten things they really shouldn’t.
So how can you say “Bone Appetit” to Fido on Thanksgiving while still keeping your hungry hound happy and healthy?
According to veterinarian Dr. Jan Bellows and Milk-Bone, dog parents can start by avoiding these Top 3 major doggy health hazards:
1. DOGGY HAZARD #1: LEFT OUT LEFTOVERS
Many dogs get sick not from being fed directly but because they climb up on the table and eat huge quantities of food when humans aren’t there.
2. DOGGY HAZARD #2: FOOD NO-NOS
Don’t give your dog turkey skin, turkey or poultry bones, onions, grapes, raisins, fatty foods, or other holiday items that are harmful or toxic to dogs.
3. DOGGY HAZARD #3: DENTAL DAMAGERS
Avoid plastic bones, ice cubes, antlers, and bully sticks — all of which can cause painful doggy tooth fractures.
So when Fido is begging for a treat under the Thanksgiving table with big puppy dog eyes, what can you safely give your gour-mutt instead?
Dr. Bellows recommends Milk-Bone Brushing Chews for Thanksgiving — a bone that tastes like a treat and cleans like a toothbrush. Instead of the hazards of human holiday foods, Milk-Bone Brushing Chews taste great to dogs, remove tartar build-up, improve smelly doggy breath, and keep lucky labs happily occupied during the Thanksgiving meal.