Thanksgiving leftover safety for family and fur babies

Follow these leftover guidelines for fur friends and family

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – It’s that time of year again to dig into grandma’s bacon-greased green beans. Maybe you’ll grab a slice of home-cooked honey-glazed ham.

For us humans, eating these Southern staples may lead to a loosened belt buckle. However, for our pets, these greasy foods can cause major stomach problems

Most things that are going to be on the table are high fat, high butter content,” Owner and founder of All Creatures Animal Hospital Dr. Pat McGrath warned.

We live in the South, so turkey, ham… the same with grease…we don’t want to see them on Friday or Saturday because they ate something Thanksgiving Day.”

When it comes to feeding Fido leftover food, McGrath says bacteria can hurt their stomachs just like yours.

“If it’s been out too long for you, it’s probably been out too long for your pet.”

If you’re chowing down at someone else’s dinner table, asking before sharing scraps with their pets is always a good idea.

Overall, handling Thanksgiving leftovers safely can help protect you and your family from foodborne illness.

The USDA recommends leftovers should be stored within two hours of cooking. Leftovers should also be placed in the refrigerator or freezer as soon as possible, even if they still have steam or heat coming off them.

Keep leftovers in the refrigerator three to four days maximum.

To our friends here in SOKY, both two-legged and four, Happy Thanksgiving.