Thanksgiving Pet Safety

Thanksgiving Pet Safety

There is plenty to worry about this holiday season, between social distancing and your aunt’s new weird diet she’s recently adopted. So, we’ve decided to make Thanksgiving a little easier for you and your furry family and compile a list of Thanksgiving pet safety tips.  

  • Keep them away from the preparation scraps

While raw meat and most veggie peels aren’t the best for your pet, they’re no cause for concern as long as they haven’t gotten into a large amount of them. The worst case scenario here would be if they got into the raw pumpkin , which might lead to a little bit of an upset stomach in your pet. No reason to sound the alarm, but just not something they (or you!) should have to deal with before hosting a meal. 

  • Keep everyone in the loop. 

If you’re hosting friends or family who may not be familiar with your pet’s diet, make sure to share the information when they first arrive. This is especially important for any pets that are kept on a specific diet, avoiding certain foods, or just tend to whine at anyone or anything for a scrap to be tossed their way. 

  • Bones are for picking, not chewing. 

This may seem like stating the obvious, but make sure that the bones from the turkey (or wherever the bones are coming from at your table) are out of reach for our furry friends. While you and your brother might delight in the grabbing of the wishbone, thats where the sharing stops. Make sure bones and other hardened scraps get thrown out where they are unreachable by your dogs and cats. Even when cooked, the bones can splinter off and get lodged and/or scratch on the way down. They can even accidentally choke smaller pets – even if you’re just handing it to them for a lick.

If you’re dead set on including your pup or kitty for the Thanksgiving meal, try giving them a cut piece of the meat after double checking for bones. If you do go this route, make sure the amount of food you give them during their closest feeding (whether before or after) is adjusted accordingly.

  • Onions will make them cry, too. 

Though most of us know the main food groups  that are bad for dogs (like chocolate and avocado), onions have a toxin that are bad for both our cats and dogs. Cooked, or raw, the skin, juice, stem, and body of this food deserved its own specific category because it’s not just onions – it’s also all the other items in the family, like garlic, shallots, and leeks.

  • You’re not the only nervous one this year. 

Sometimes having new people around can be hard on our pets. Whether they’re older, generally anxious, or just like their territory, remember that the space is where they consider home, too. Try not to move their set items, like their beds or feeding areas and litter boxes, because it can just heighten the anxiety. You can include them in the holiday fun, but not at their expense, and if they act like they want space from the younger cousins who have a knack for tail-pulling, it’s okay to put your foot down, as the pet protector.

  • Don’t be afraid to spread some cheer. 

We know it’s not Christmas (yet!), but there’s no reason you can’t make sure your pet gets in on the fun. There are some great options for homemade cat and dog treats available, and our favorite ones are linked here

We hope that these tips were helpful to you and are somethings you’ll keep in mind when prepping or celebrating this year. From all of us at Dr.Jeff’s, we wish you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.



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