Safely Sharing Thanksgiving with Your Pet

It is not uncommon to want to share the festivities with our four-legged friends.  They are, after all, part of the family. In fact, your fur babies are likely fully underfoot while you’re preparing your Thanksgiving feast, knowing that you’ll extend a taste or two to them.  Certainly, for some pets, the “no people food,” rule is appropriate at all times. It’s best to ensure your family and friends know and, most importantly, respect this rule if you intend to host the party this year.  Don’t we all have that one aunt who is perpetually tempted by Fido’s pleading puppy dog eyes? 

However, if the occasional indulgence is fine for your pet, there is ample good advice on what foods are healthy versus those that should be avoided.   The highlights include:

 

Treats to Share With Your Pet

  • Plain pumpkin
  • Skinless turkey, undressed and off the bone
  • Cook carrots
  • Green Beans

 

Items to Avoid Sharing With Your Pet

  • Anything cooked with onions or garlic
  • Alcohol
  • Gravy
  • Bread and stuffing
  • Deserts (particularly chocolate)

  

Make sure you serve the people food in small quantities to your animal and before they are seasoned or mixed with tons of sugar and dairy products.  If you want to discourage begging behavior, share a treat in their normal food bowl and at regular feeding times. Most importantly, when in doubt, always err on the side of caution.  

Another treat for your animal is the extra time and attention you have to spend with them over the holiday weekend.  Most dogs will jump (literally) at the opportunity to take a rigorous walk after the Thanksgiving meal or join you on a hike over the long weekend.  The holiday is also a great time to incorporate some added play time and affection for your cats. As always, if you happen to be traveling this holiday without your pets, Woof’n Purr is here to keep your fur family fed, exercised and loved.  We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. We are grateful for you!

 

For more information on how to celebrate your holiday safely with your animal, check out the following sites:

https://cattime.com/holidays/25523-thanksgiving-foods-that-are-safe-to-share-with-your-cat

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/thanksgiving-food-to-share-with-your-dog_n_5654b859e4b0d4093a597884

https://www.foodandwine.com/blogs/5-thanksgiving-foods-share-your-cat

https://www.petcarerx.com/article/safely-share-a-thanksgiving-meal-with-your-pets/1388

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