People, exhausted and bloated, will retire to sofas and armchairs across the country. Dogs will devour unattended turkey carcasses, ransack garbage cans (compost bins in northern California), gobble up giblets, stuff themselves with stuffing, lap up gravy, pilfer pumpkin pie and help themselves to whatever leftovers they can get their paws on.
Dogs that engage in these sorts of activities aren’t bad dogs. They are simply doing what dogs do.
However, many dogs will pay a price for their dietary indiscretion. Some will suffer from transient diarrhea or vomiting as their systems react to rich Thanksgiving food. Others may suffer more serious consequences. Some dogs will develop pancreatitis, a life-threatening inflammation of the pancreas. Others may consume turkey bones and develop intestinal obstructions–these dogs will require major abdominal surgery to survive.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Enjoy your day. But don’t leave your leftovers unattended, and don’t let your dog have access to the garbage. This will help to ensure a happy and safe turkey day for all members of the family!