Begging for the Holiday FeastYour pet is a member of your family, so of course you want to spend Thanksgiving together. However, with all there is to do, your furry friend could find trouble in the most unexpected ways. That’s why we offer some of our best tips to complete your Thanksgiving pet safety checklist. Now you can sit back, relax, and enjoy all the season has to offer.

From the Garden to the Table

Thanksgiving is known for those wonderfully tempting platters of food. Isolating your pet in a back room may not go over very well (unless, of course, they want to get away from all the hustle and bustle), but offering them tasty tidbits will be most welcome. Entice your pet with any of these healthy alternatives to dangerous people food:

  • Cooked plain or sweet potato
  • Steamed green beans
  • Small bites of baked squash or pumpkin
  • Apples
  • Peas
  • Beets
  • Corn
  • Steamed carrots

You could add any of the above to everyday wet or dry food or make up a special plate that looks like your own while the family eats together.

What to Avoid

It’s imperative that your pet avoid rich, fatty meat, poultry skin, buttery foods, gravy, and bacon. Pancreatitis (the inflammation of the pancreas) can result from eating these foods, threatening your pet’s health. Likewise, baked turkey bones can be very dry and brittle and can present a major choking hazard or GI obstruction that requires surgery.

Finally, these Thanksgiving staples must be strictly prohibited:

  • Chocolate
  • Alcohol
  • Stuffing made with onions, onion powder, garlic, or sage
  • Any sweet treats (especially those made with Xylitol – a highly toxic artificial sweetener)
  • Grapes, raisins, or currants
  • Raw bread dough
  • Uncooked meat

Thanksgiving Pet Safety

As you can imagine, we have a few more ideas for Thanksgiving pet safety:

  • Seasonal air fresheners (especially the plug-in variety) are extremely hazardous to your pet. Most outlets are at snout level, and dogs in particular can be negatively affected by the chemicals that make your home smell so festive.
  • Along the same lines, lit candles can be disastrous to your pet and your home. Make sure they are on a sturdy surface, preferably one that is out of the zone of whiskers, high jumps, and wagging tails.
  • Boarding your pet can be a wonderful option if you’re going away or hosting a large family dinner. Not only will your pet remain safe from stress, dangerous food, and opportunities to escape, we also love the chance to pamper our guests – especially during the holidays!

If you have additional questions about Thanksgiving pet safety, please feel free to give us a call. Above all, we wish you and your pet a very happy (and safe) holiday season!