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CRPD shares tips on how to keep your pets safe this Thanksgiving

(File photo) Heather Dudley of Coggon holds a labrador puppy at the Pet Expo in the community center in Coggon Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
(File photo) Heather Dudley of Coggon holds a labrador puppy at the Pet Expo in the community center in Coggon Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

Although Thanksgiving Day is often referred to as “Turkey Day,” there are other animals you should also keep in mind during the busy food-filled holiday, your pets.

Many of the delicacies humans enjoy during the festivities can be dangerous to four-legged family members. Because of this, Cedar Rapids Police Department and Cedar Rapids Animal Care & Control is sharing these tips to keep your pets safe while enjoying the feast:

Talkin’ Turkey: If you decide to feed your pet a small bite of turkey, make sure it’s boneless and well-cooked. Don’t offer raw or undercooked turkey, which may contain salmonella bacteria. Do not give your pet the left over carcass — the bones can be problematic for the digestive tract.

No Bread Dough: Don’t spoil your pet’s holiday by giving access to raw yeast bread dough. When a dog or cat ingests raw bread dough, the yeast continues to convert the sugars in the dough to carbon dioxide gas and alcohol. This can result in bloated drunken pets, which could become a life-threatening emergency, requiring hospitalization.

Don’t Let Them Eat Cake: If you plan to bake Thanksgiving desserts, be sure your pets keep their noses out of the batter, especially if it includes raw eggs — they could contain salmonella bacteria that may lead to food poisoning.

A Feast Fit for a King: While your family enjoys a special meal, give your cat and dog a small feast of their own. Offer them made-for-pets chew bones. Or stuff their usual dinner with a few added tidbits of turkey, vegetables, like sweet potato or green beans, and dribbles of gravy — inside a food puzzle toy. They will be happily occupied for quite some time, working hard to extract their dinner from the toy.

A few small boneless pieces of cooked turkey, a taste of mashed potato or even a lick of pumpkin pie shouldn’t pose a problem. However, don’t allow your pets to overindulge, as they could wind up with a case of stomach upset, diarrhea or even worse.

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