Friday, 16 November 2018 12:43

Porky & Buddy Column: Can Lola Eat Thanksgiving Dinner?

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Dear Porky and Buddy: Last year at our family Thanksgiving feast I brought my dog with me (it was OK with my Mom) hoping that she would be a distraction from the temptation to talk (well really argue) about politics.

But when I offered Lola a little pumpkin ravioli canapé thing as a treat, my sister freaked out that I was feeding her human food and so we basically argued about that instead. It was Thanksgiving. She was the life of the party! What harm was there? Thanksgiving is coming up again with the same cast of characters. What advice do you have about what I can or should give to Lola?

Signed, Sam

Dear Sam,

We don’t know the ingredients in the pumpkin ravioli canapé side so it is hard for us to say if all ingredients are safe for Lola. We also don’t know the specifics of your family dynamics except to say, they sound pretty normal. So here is our advice, Thanksgiving is supposed to be fun. For Lola, we suspect she loves the extra company and companionship of the party more than the particular food. But does a bite of human food hurt her? As long as you stay away from the human foods that are dangerous for pets, probably not. Dangerous foods include raisins, onions, chocolate, alcohol, greasy foods (like turkey skin), uncooked yeast dough, uncooked or undercooked turkey and of course turkey bones. You can find a lot more information about the specific problems with specific foods on the ASPCA website. So, of course it is important to keep an eye on Lola and make sure she does not get into something harmful that is unusually accessible during a party.

In the end, small boneless pieces of cooked turkey, a taste of mashed potatoes or even a lick of pumpkin pie shouldn’t pose a problem. Obviously, don't allow Lola to overindulge, as she could wind up with a case of stomach upset, diarrhea or even worse—an inflammatory condition of the pancreas known as pancreatitis!

On the other hand, what’s wrong with just keeping Lola on her regular diet through the holidays and avoiding that silly argument with your sister? Ask her what she thinks about universal healthcare instead.

Speaking of cute pets, how about bringing your pet for a Photo With Santa on Saturday, December 1st from 10-2 at our office? We will have comfort snacks and drinks to keep everyone warm and a few of our adoptable animals on site as well! Photos will be $5.00 each in a digital copy for you to add to Holiday cards. Please remember to bring Proof of Rabies.

The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County. Located at 29 West Seneca Street, Oswego, New York Phone: (315) 207-1070 Email: [email protected] Website: Instagram: @oswego_humane

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