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Dear Daisy Dog

Thanksgiving is coming, and I’m looking forward to welcoming my family to dinner. I plan to include my dogs in the celebration by heaping a generous portion of turkey and gravy atop their regular food. Please tell me it’s okay for them to join us for the feast.

Daisy Responds

I enjoy a gourmet meal as much as the next dog, but I have to admit that overindulging – especially on foods I’m not accustomed to – usually gives me diarrhea.

Gravy and turkey skin are full of fat, which often triggers pancreatitis in us dogs. The resulting vomiting, diarrhea and lethargy will dampen any celebration.

Turkey meat has the same effect on some of us, abolishing any feelings of thankfulness. So dole out the turkey and gravy sparingly, if at all.

Remove the turkey carcass as soon as the meat is carved, and stow the garbage bag in a secure container. Refrigerate uneaten food immediately.

Instead of giving your dogs food they’re unaccustomed to, include them in the celebration by encouraging them to show off a new trick.

Remember, treats and human food should comprise up to only five percent of the diet. I keep encouraging Mom to give us more, but she reminds me that the last time I over-indulged ... well, you don’t want to know what happened.

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