Thanksgiving Dinner is Not for Your Pets

Posted: 11/21/2012

While we look forward to indulging in a feast of food on Thanksgiving, it's important to keep in mind that our food is not for our pets. Human food can cause distress for some pets, especially if they get their noses in it before it is cooked properly. Here are some tips to make sure you and Fido enjoy a happy Thanksgiving.

Turkey Time If you want to give your pet a little treat by giving them a nibble of turkey, make sure it is fully-cooked and boneless. Undercooked turkey can give your pet salmonella, as it can humans. Pets can choke on bones, and unline in humans, they don't have a way to convey to you that they are uncomfortable or have something lodged in their throat. It is very important to pull the turkey bite entirely apart to make sure there aren't stray bone pieces.

Holiday Spice While our stomachs are able to handle certain food spices, a pet's stomach can't. Spices such as sage or garlic can cause severe gastrointestinal distress for your four-legged friend. Make sure they don't get their noses into the stuffing!

Don't Overindulge We are able to tell when we are full and can't eat anymore. Pets often get caught up in eating too fast to realize when they are full--especially when they are being treated with human food that they don't often receive. If you do give your pet a bite of turkey or a spoonful of potatoes, make sure the portions are VERY small. In fact, it is best to keep your pet on a regular diet all the time, even during the holiday feasting time. Pets have a hard time adjusting to different diets and can get sick if they have too much fluctuation in their food.  

Special Treats If you want your pet to have a special meal on Thanksgiving just like you get to, stop in our store to find a special treat that is made especially for their diet. Your dog doesn't need to have pumpkin pie to know that Thanksgiving is a special day. Instead, give him or her a bowl of our dog ice cream. This way, your pet gets a special feast and you won't have to worry about it upsetting his or her stomach.

Just like we enjoy the holidays because we get to spend time with friends and family, your pets will enjoy the special day because they will get to spend time with you.