Thanksgiving is next week and my menu is finally coming together. Of course yams with marshmallows, and plenty of turkey and ham are the stars of the show, and I won’t forget the delicious pumpkin or pecan pie. It makes my mouth water just thinking about it.
The same foods that you enjoy so much, could be toxic for your pets. Many foods are on the no-no list, so you need to be vigilant, but it doesn’t mean pets can’t enjoy safer Thanksgiving treats.
Here are five tips to make Thanksgiving safe for your pets:
Feed Small Bites of Turkey
Those begging eyes are hard to resist, and you can give your pets small bites of turkey. Make sure the turkey is boneless and well-cooked, so they don’t digest salmonella bacteria.
Don’t Let your Pet Lick the Dessert Bowl
You can’t celebrate Thanksgiving without dessert, at least in my opinion, but don’t let your pets stick their nose in the batter. This is particularly true if you are using raw eggs. This also applies to people and I have seen some warning signs on cookie mixes not to eat the raw dough.
Give Dog Chews instead of Turkey Bones
Dogs usually love to chew on turkey bones, but bones can splinter easily and cause blockages in the digestive system. Instead, offer bones made specifically for dogs.
Don’t Feed Foods with Nuts
Nuts are commonly used for Thanksgiving favorites such as sweet potatoes, Waldorf salad, and as a filling or garnish for holiday pies. High fat nuts such as walnuts, pecans, and almonds can cause diarrhea and vomiting in your pets.
Make a Holiday Meal for your Pets
There’s no reason for pets to miss out on all the fun and food, so take a few bites of boneless turkey, mashed and sweet potatoes and put them in a puzzle feeder. Puzzle feeders come in all shapes and sizes and it takes time to get all the food to come out. This keeps pets from gobbling food too fast, or begging at the holiday table.
Make this a holiday to remember for both you and your pets. Throw your diet out the window and enjoy all the goodies. Tomorrow you can get back on track again.