Thanksgiving is a wonderfully exciting time for family, friends, and of course, holiday feasts. There’s lots of people moving around and catching up, lots of activity in the kitchen and a lot of delicious smells in the air – smells that your furry companion may want to share in. This, however, also means that Thanksgiving can be a time that might cause your pet distress or harm.
Of course you want to share the fun with your best four-legged pals, but they won’t be so happy if they get sick from eating some undercooked turkey treats or start munching on poisonous floral arrangements or hazardous holiday décor. That’s why it’s so important to take extra precautions around the house during the holidays. Here are a few tips to help keep your pets safe this Thanksgiving and enjoying the season along with you and the rest of your family:
- Table Scraps – Avoid feeding your pet foods that they’re not used to eating, it could mess up their digestive system. If, however, you do decide to share a few turkey scraps with your pet, make sure that it is broken down into small, bite-sized pieces, fully cooked and bone-free.
- Raw Dough – Even though you may sneak a bite or two of some raw bread dough, it’s not a good idea to share it with your pet. When animals eat raw yeast bread dough, the yeast continues to convert sugar into carbon dioxide gas and alcohol which can actually be toxic to your pet. The ingested yeast can result in a bloated, drunken reaction – a life-threatening condition that can only be treated through hospitalization.
- Desserts – While you probably already know to avoid chocolate, as it’s hazardous for pets, did you know that that also includes desserts like cakes and batters? Keep your pets out of reach of the mixer while your baking up those treats! If they get ahold of something with raw eggs in it, they could get salmonella poisoning.
- Thanksgiving Dinner – Don’t be afraid to prepare a little Thanksgiving feast for your beloved pets while you and your family feast. They deserve something fun, too, after all! While there are certain foods that you must avoid, you can offer them a feast filled with their normal dinner serving with a few additions, such as pet chew bones, small pieces of boneless turkey, a bite of mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes, a few green beans, maybe even a small lick of pumpkin pie for dessert! This way, everyone’s happy and enjoying the holiday.
The key to safely getting your pet through the Thanksgiving holiday is simply awareness. Keep an eye on your pets while you prepare and eat your feast, and keep anything and everything potentially hazardous out of paws way. For more tips and information on holiday safety for your pets, visit the ASPCA.