Gobble Gobble – How to Make Thanksgiving Pet Safe

While people enjoy Thanksgiving for the companionship, football, parades, and of course the turkey, sometimes all the festivities can be stressful for your pet. Here are some things to keep in mind to help your furry family member have a successful Thanksgiving…while making sure they don’t overindulge!

Table the Treats

Keep your turkey in an area that your pet can’t access it. Pets have a harder time digesting fatty food, and if they eat too much turkey or turkey skin it can cause a serious condition called pancreatitis. Also, common Thanksgiving foods such as stuffing and green bean casserole can contain onions, which are toxic to dogs.

Homemade Sweets

Sometimes nothing beats baking and cooking Thanksgiving indulgences at home, but remembering to keep our pet’s noses out of the process can be difficult. For example, if you plan on making homemade bread, and your furry family member ingests raw bread dough, it can turn into a life-threatening situation. The yeast turns the sugars in the dough to carbon dioxide gas and alcohol, which can cause your pet to become bloated and intoxicated. Also, any sugar-free desserts that contain xylitol, an artificial sweetener, can be fatal if consumed by your furry family member. If your pet eats raw bread dough or xylitol, you need to contact Blum immediately. To help ease the temptation, have some of your dog or cat’s favorite treats readily available if they become too curious in what everyone is eating!

Food for Thought

To help curb your pet’s interest in the Thanksgiving spread, make them their own meal! Boneless and thoroughly cooked turkey is safe to give, as well as sweet potato and green beans. Try putting the food in a Kong or other food puzzle to help keep them distracted for awhile!

Written for Blum Animal Hospital by Jackie Sheppard.