Much thought and preparation goes into creating a perfect Thanksgiving feast for our families. As you prep and savor your Thanksgiving dinner, consider your furry family member as well. During the holiday season when food and holiday décor is plentiful, it’s important to be conscious of the potential health risks that could arise if proper precautions are ignored.
From toxic foods to little-known hidden dangers, listed below are some do’s and don’ts to guarantee your beloved pet safely enjoys all the Thanksgiving festivities with the rest of the family.
Our clever pets can easily retrieve objects from trash bags, especially when we’re preoccupied with Thanksgiving prep and social priorities. Items such as roasting bags, plastic wraps, strings or skewers are particularly dangerous to animals. If swallowed, an intestinal blockage could occur and cause some serious health issues and hefty medical bills. Some symptoms of an intestinal blockage include vomiting, loss of appetite, diarrhea and burping. If your pet swallows a hazardous item, it is critical to take your pooch or feline to the vet for an examination.
As you clean up from cooking, be sure to double-check the floors! It’s probable you’ve dropped a couple things here and there while cooking, and foods like onions, grapes, and chocolate are toxic to our pets. A little crumb here and there might not cause much harm, but with a houseful of guests, the risks to your pet can be heightened.
Is it possible to cook a delicious feast for our family and not feel guilty about excluding our pets? The good news — yes, you can include them without the guilt! Here is a list of foods you can feel confident feeding your beloved pal, embracing them in the celebration.
- Melons & Berries
- Peanut butter
- Green beans & Carrots
- Chicken & Turkey (plain, no seasoning or spices)
- Pumpkin (no sugar added, pure pumpkin puree only)
Food items aren’t the only toxins our pets may come across this Thanksgiving weekend. For those eager for the holiday season, the tree may already be up, generating more risks. These items can produce digestive issues and choking hazards. Confirm the following items are well out of reach.
- Aluminum foil
- Decorations — lit candles, tinsel, and wired décor
- Liquid Potpourri
- Plants — lilies, holly, and mistletoe
Avoid feeding your pet scraps, especially bones. Not only could the bones cause your furry family member to choke, but any dietary changes could induce gastric issues or pancreatitis, leading to an unforeseen visit to the animal hospital.
As you prep a Thanksgiving plate (or bowl) for your precious pet, ensure the following foods don’t make way into your dog or cat’s tummy.
- Grapes & Raisins
- Anything with added sugar
- Candy or gum
Consider following these simple Thanksgiving do’s and don’ts to help keep your pet safe and so that your entire family can enjoy a safe and special holiday.
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