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Dear Daisy Dog

My name is Max, and I would like to eat something fancier than dog food this holiday. My veterinarian said I shouldn’t eat turkey, but when my mom checked online, turkey wasn’t on the list of foods bad for dogs. Did I miss out on Thanksgiving turkey for nothing?

Daisy Responds

Perhaps. Let me explain.

It’s possible your veterinarian advised against turkey because it would worsen a food allergy or other medical condition you have.

More likely, your vet was trying to protect you from something most humans experience at holiday meals: overindulging.

We dogs have sensitive stomachs and intestines, so excessive food or abrupt changes in diet may cause diarrhea, vomiting or bloat.

Consequently, most veterinarians recommend that treats, including food from our humans’ plates, constitute no more than five percent of our diet.

If you would like to try a tiny piece of turkey during your New Year celebration, that’s fine, but it should be no larger than one-twentieth of what you normally eat all day.

That’s such a small amount that I don’t think it’s worth eating.

We dogs shouldn’t eat gravy or mashed potatoes, because their high fat content can trigger painful pancreatic inflammation.

Even with these dietary restrictions, I hope you have a happy new year, Max.

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