Thanksgiving is a time for friends, family and holiday feasts—but all the holiday gatherings may be a time of distress for our animal companions. Things such as under-cooked turkey, pet-unfriendly decor, or an unattended alcoholic drink can spell trouble for our furry family members.
Below are some helpful tips provided by the ASPCA to help keep your pets safe during the holiday season!
Talkin’ Turkey: If you decide to feed your pet a small bite of turkey, make sure it’s boneless and well-cooked.
- Don’t offer them raw or undercooked turkey, which may contain salmonella bacteria.
- Do not give your pet the left-over carcass; the bones can be problematic for the digestive tract.
No Bread Dough: Don’t spoil your pet’s holiday by giving him access to raw yeast bread dough.
- When a dog or cat ingests raw bread dough, the yeast continues to convert the sugars in the dough to carbon dioxide gas and alcohol. This can result in bloated drunken pets, which could become a life-threatening emergency, requiring hospitalization.
Don’t Let Them Eat Cake: If you plan to bake Thanksgiving desserts, be sure your pets keep their noses out of the batter, especially if it includes raw eggs—they could contain salmonella bacteria that may lead to food poisoning.
A Feast Fit for a King: While your family enjoys a special meal, give your cat and dog a small feast of their own.
- Offer them made-for-pets chew bones
- stuff their usual dinner a few added tidbits of turkey, vegetables (try sweet potato or green beans) and dribbles of gravy—inside a food puzzle toy.
A few small boneless pieces of cooked turkey, a taste of mashed potato or even a lick of pumpkin pie shouldn’t pose a problem. However, don’t allow your pets to overindulge, as they could wind up with a case of stomach upset, diarrhea or even worse—an inflammatory condition of the pancreas known as pancreatitis. In fact, it’s best keep pets on their regular diets during the holidays. Please visit our People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets page for more information.
Also keep in mind that a full house can be very stressful for shy pets, so be sure they have a “safe” place they can go to if they start to feel overwhelmed.