Thanksgiving is a time when friends and family gather for fun, laughter, and food. Of course our pets want to join in on the feast as it smells so good. Before you or your guests decide to share something from your plates, think twice as there are foods that can make your pets sick.
Pets are part of our family. Some people may feel bad turning away from the beloved pets begging eyes. Consider making or purchasing a pet safe treat that your pet can be given on Thanksgiving while you and your guests sit to eat. This will help make your pet feel that they are part of the festivities too. For guests that insist on giving your pets something to eat, put a bowl of kibble on the table and tell them to feed that to your pets. Sometimes when a pet sees food coming from the same table everyone else is eating from, they think they are getting the same good stuff.
Set rules for your guests to please not feed any table scraps to your pets as you do not want to end up at the pet emergency room later. Some foods can be toxic to your pets and can cause diarrhea, pancreatitis, vomiting and other serious health problems. The following is a list of items found at Thanksgiving that could be dangerous to your pets.
Onions, Chives, Sage, Nutmeg, Garlic, Chocolate, Bread Dough, Cake Batter, Wild Mushrooms, Turkey Skin & Bones, Pork, Raisins, Candy, Nuts, and Alcohol.
Other safety precautions to take would be to ensure that your pet cannot get into food wrappings, like foil and plastic. Do not let them near the hot oven or hot platters. Ensure that the trash is put away where your pet cannot get to it.
Having guests over for the holiday can also be very stressful for your pet. Ensure that your pet has a safe, quiet place that they can retreat to. There are natural calming aids that you can also give to your pet prior to your guests arriving. If there will be gates or doors opening frequently, ensure that your pet’s collar and tags are on and their microchip information is up to date. This is just in case a door is left open and your pet gets out.
We hope you and your pets have a Happy Thanksgiving! Please call us if you have any questions.(714)771-3261