Giving Thanks for Furry Friends: Thanksgiving Time Pet Tips

Giving Thanks for Furry Friends: Thanksgiving Time Pet Tips

Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude and togetherness, and that includes our beloved pets. As we gather to celebrate, it's important to consider the well-being of our furry companions amidst the festivities. In this blog, we'll explore some essential Thanksgiving pet tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday for your four-legged family members.

Mindful Feasting: While we indulge in a Thanksgiving feast, it's crucial to resist the urge to share certain foods with our pets. Traditional Thanksgiving fare like turkey bones, rich gravies, and seasoned dishes can be harmful to animals. Raw turkey bones are actually quite good for a dog to chew on, but cooked turkey bones are not safe. Stick to pet-friendly treats or provide a small amount of plain, SKINLESS (since the skin is where the most cooked fat is at which leads so many pets to the ER for pancreatitis) cooked turkey as a special treat.

A Great Rule of Thumb: Avoiding cooked fatty meats in general might be a good idea since cooked fat (and high carbs) is what leads to the surge of pancreatitis around the holidays. 

About Bones: Raw turkey bones are actually quite good for a dog to chew on, however "cooked" turkey bones are not safe and should be avoided.

Pet-Safe Decorations: Festive decorations are a hallmark of Thanksgiving, but some can pose risks to curious pets. Keep an eye on candles, table centerpieces, and decorative plants, as they may be knocked over or ingested by pets. Opt for pet-safe decorations and secure items that could be tempting to chew or play with.

A Quiet Retreat: Thanksgiving gatherings can be overwhelming for some pets. Create a quiet, comfortable space where your furry friend can retreat to if the holiday festivities become too much. This safe haven will allow them to relax and feel secure while you enjoy time with friends and family.

Watch the Trash Can: The aroma of a Thanksgiving meal can be irresistible to pets, leading them to explore the trash can for tasty morsels. Dispose of leftovers securely and use a pet-proof trash container to prevent your curious companion from digging in and potentially consuming harmful items.

Avoid Harmful Foods: Certain Thanksgiving staples, such as onions, grapes, raisins, and chocolate, among others, are toxic to pets. Ensure that these items are kept well out of reach and that guests are aware of what not to share with their furry friends.

Introduce Guests Gradually: If you're hosting guests, especially those who are unfamiliar with pets, introduce them to your furry friend gradually. Some pets may be anxious or shy around new people, so allow them to approach at their own pace. Remind guests not to feed your pet without your permission.

Stay Mindful of Allergies: Just like humans, pets can have food allergies. Be cautious about offering new foods to your pet during the holiday festivities. If you're unsure about whether a particular food is safe, consult with your veterinarian beforehand.

Express Gratitude with a Walk: Incorporate your pet into the holiday spirit by taking them for a brisk Thanksgiving walk. This not only provides exercise but also allows you both to enjoy the crisp fall air together.

Thanksgiving is a time of gratitude, and our pets are undoubtedly a source of joy and companionship. By following these Thanksgiving pet tips, you can ensure that the holiday remains a festive and safe time for both you and your furry friends. Whether you're enjoying a special treat together or creating a cozy retreat, including your pets in the Thanksgiving celebration can make the day even more memorable.

Better yet - Fetching Dog is offering a pet safe feast for the holidays! Watch our Offers page to keep up with when you can order! 

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