Thank you Nancy...how thoughtful. I worked yesterday and then had to open the coffee shop at 2:30AM this morning!! I finally got some turkey today that my neighbors brought over yesterday, just as I was getting ready to crawl into bed!!
Oh, my! I am late to respond...!!
I hope that the holiday was a happy one for you too and for all of our friends here on the forum...the beginning of a lovely holiday season for all (Canadians too! :wink: )
Here, it was quiet...well, as quiet as it can be with a housefull of dogs and puppies! I cooked 2 turkeys, one for us and one for the dogs...they were very happy! (Plus they got the leftovers from ours!)
I am very grateful and thankful...for my dogs, my friends and the wonders of each day.
Happy Holidays to you all...and, Nancy, thank you for being so thougtful!
I imagine a little turkey that has not been basted with butter and no skin would not be too terrible? Because plain turkey really is not high in fat, is it? And that is what causes pancreatitis? Anyway, here is the article:
Acute Pancreatitis in Dogs
Thanksgiving and turkey go together. Thanksgiving is also about family and sharing and since a dog is part of the family many people share their turkey with their dogs. Many of those same people however, often end up visiting the veterinarian within the next week, agonizing over a sick dog.
Turkey, turkey trimmings and broth are extremely high in fat and when eaten by dogs, often causes violent diarrhea. In most dogs, the bout is short lived but still quite painful and can result in moderate dehydration. Some of these dogs may develop an acute anal gland blockage up to a week later, requiring veterinary attention. For more information, see our article on anal glands.
Some dogs can develop a potentially life-threatening condition called pancreatitis.
Pancreatitis in dogs, or inflammation of the pancreas, can occur in dogs and in cats for several reasons, including trauma, infection, obesity, and some types of drugs, . Often the cause is unknown, but the role of fatty foods in causing this problem is suspected, especially in dogs.
"The job of the pancreas is to aid the digestion fats, starches, and proteins by secreting enzymes into the small intestines. When inflamed, the enzymes are released into the pancreas itself and that the pancreas starts to digest itself. That starts a vicious cycle of more enzyme release and more auto digestion. Digestive enzymes can leak into the bloodstream and quickly destroy cells and tissues in other parts of the body.
Signs of pancreatitis in dogs are vomiting, diarrhea, depression, and not eating after recently eating foods high in fat. To diagnose the problem, a veterinarian will need to take blood and may perform an ultrasound as well as other tests.
Still thinking about ladling a little gravy on Fido's dog food? It's hard to say no to those begging eyes. If you want to include your dog in your Thanksgiving celebration, try a small amount of healthy snacks like steamed vegetables or a dab of potatoes without the butter. Make Thanksgiving Day a happy, healthy event for the whole family, including those with four paws.
Thanks Nancy and Linda for the infomation.
I assumed that the skin and fat would be bad for them, so I boiled the turkey (in a huge pot) and removed all of the fat and took the meat off the bone, cooked some rice and mixed it with the turkey and some of the water from the cooked turkey (sans fat) and added some carrots and green beans...they all fared very well. (Keep in mind that I fed 8 dogs and 17 puppies with only one 20 lb turkey!)
Other than the fat and skin issue...I can't imagine that the meat is harmful...so many dog food products use turkey...either way, thankfully, my dogs are all doing well after their turkey dinner! :wink:
Nancy, I do appreciate the info! Especially from your vet...there is definately something to know and to check out....and I plan to look into it further.
Glad that you cared enough to post the warning and I appreciate the article from Linda...that makes good sense!