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thanksgiving safety tips for your dog

Dr. Gabby Pagana

Dr. Gabby Pagana Thu Nov 26 2020

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Turkey, yams, casseroles, cranberry sauce, gravy and stuffing! Yes, today’s America’s Thanksgiving, and we’re here to help make sure our buds can safely take part in the food festivities! 

Heres a few (no waste!) tips for 'pupsgiving'

  • Save the ends of your green beans as treats throughout the day (& other veggies)
  • Potato skins? Save those too! 
  • Skinless boneless turkey pieces (not too oily) but IN MODERATION!
  • If you don’t eat the turkey organs like the neck, heart, & stomach, boil these up (save water for broth & make into ice cubes!) then chop up to give as treats
  • Canned or whole pumpkin 
  • Making cranberry sauce? Give some as a snack (I recommend crushing them or cutting first, otherwise they’ll come out whole in the )⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Pro tip: Keep a bowl near the cutting board for pet-safe veggie & fruit ends. Then, boil or crock pot it up and give to the pups for their own healthy meal 


What to avoid

  • Fatty or fried foods *pancreatitis alert!*
  • Onions & garlic *includes stuffing & most casseroles, causes life threatening anemia *
  • NUTS! watch the community nut bowl...*macadamia nuts especially are toxic, the others typically cause pancreatitis & GI upset*
  • Topping their food with gravy...
  • Grapes, raisins, currants *kidney toxicity*
  • No desserts, high sugar items & chocolate 
  • Alcohol! (Of course)
  • Turkey skin & bones 
  • Corn on the cob
  • Your leftovers (tend to be higher in fat, typically the casseroles are containing butter & other dairy products, onions, and spices pets shouldn’t be eating!)

These tips will help avoid a trip to the vet the day after thanksgiving - ESPECIALLY this year with COVID & vet hospitals being busier than ever already.

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Dr. Gabby Pagana

Meet Dr. Gabby Pagana


Gabby's been working with healthybud since the starting days, and brings so much passion and expertise to the table! She’s an integrative veterinarian practicing in Los Angeles. Part of her arsenal for pet care includes acupuncture, herbals🌿, laser therapy and food therapy!🍌🍎🍠🥦 Dr. Gabby loves formulating diets, recommending foods and researching the best supplements, while assisting in behavioral and mental health disorders in pets. ⠀ Dr. Gabby takes a holistic approach to patient care ☯️ (credentials include DVM, MPH, CVA, CVFT with a master in public health. She is a certified veterinary acupuncturist & food therapist)

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