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How To Ensure A Safe Thanksgiving for Your Pet

(November 15, 2023)

As Thanksgiving draws near, families across the United States come together to express gratitude, share delicious meals, and create lasting memories. However, it’s crucial to keep in mind the safety of every member of the family, including our beloved pets. Thanksgiving can be a feast for humans, but it can pose potential risks for pets if certain precautions are not taken.

Although it may be tempting to share the Thanksgiving joy with your pets by giving them a treat from the table, it’s best to resist the urge. Many Thanksgiving staples, such as onions, garlic, and certain herbs, can be toxic to pets. Rich and fatty foods like turkey skin and gravy can also cause digestive issues like pancreatitis. It’s best to stick to their regular pet food to keep their tummies happy and healthy.

While turkey bones might seem like a delightful treat for your pets, they pose serious risks. Cooked bones can splinter, causing choking hazards or internal damage. Dispose of bones safely in a covered trash bin, far from your pet’s reach. If you want to treat them with a special snack, consider pet-safe treats designed for their consumption.

Dr.Westbrook dives into more detail about how you can keep your pet safe on Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving desserts often contain ingredients like chocolate, nuts, and artificial sweeteners, which can be toxic to pets. Chocolate, in particular, contains theobromine, a harmful substance to dogs. Ensure that desserts are stored securely and away from curious paws. If you want to treat your pet, choose pet-safe treats or make a unique, pet-friendly dessert.

If you’re preparing a vegetable dish, make sure to set aside a pet-friendly portion before adding any potentially dangerous ingredients. Plain, cooked vegetables like sweet potatoes or green beans can make a safe and nutritious addition to your pet’s holiday meal.

Let’s extend our gratitude to our furry friends this Thanksgiving by ensuring their safety during the holiday feast. By being mindful of the foods they consume and offering them special, pet-friendly treats, we can make Thanksgiving a delightful and safe celebration for our entire family. After all, nothing beats the joy of sharing the holiday season with those we love, both human and furry alike.

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