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5 tips for a pet-friendly Thanksgiving dinner

       by Jessica Britt


Roast turkey, turkey stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, corn, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie. I don’t know about you, but I’m dreaming with open eyes of all those delicious and appetizing foods. As you’ve probably already guessed… Thanksgiving is right around the corner!

Even if the holiday is going to look a little different this year, it doesn’t mean we can’t have a great Thanksgiving together with our four-legged companions. In fact, we should fully enjoy this feast, make it memorable, while, of course, we respect all safety measures.

Now, let me explain why I started this article by talking about food. I’m a gourmand. So is my cat. It is said that we choose our pets in our image and likeness, and I agree. We both like to eat, and believe me, she’s crazy about Thanksgiving dishes. But not all of them are good for her little stomach. Once she got sick. That’s why, this year I’ll make sure that her Thanksgiving will be as enjoyable as mine. So, I decided to take more safety precautions.

Here is my list of tips for a pawsome Thanksgiving dinner.


1. NO turkey bones!

They are dangerous both for dogs and cats. We all know how much pets like to chew bones, but they can cause very serious problems to their body, such as internal bleeding or obstruction in the gastrointestinal system.


2. Stick to their regular diet.

Ideally, you should avoid sharing Thanksgiving food with your pets and offer them the usual treats to keep their stomach healthy. However, you can surprise your four-legged companions with small pieces of lean, white turkey (with no skin, bones, or fat) and raw vegetables like green beans or carrots.


3. Keep the food and trash out of reach!

Probably, this is one of the hardest things to take care of on a busy holiday, but all you have to do is store the garbage in a tightly secured garbage bag. To make sure your doggo or kitty will not capture a “special” treat, you should put it outdoors or inside the home behind a closed door.

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4. Ask guests not to share their food with your pets.

Letting our furry friends licking a greasy plate could be an exception. But a small bite from here, another bite from there, especially from a turkey slice full of fat, is not fine at all. Fatty foods can cause issues ranging from diarrhea to pancreatitis, and others can even poison your pet. So kindly ask your guests not to feed your pet.


5. Keep your furry friends away from noise.

Provide them access to a quiet place to retreat, cover the noise with some easy-listening tunes, leave the TV on, or just let them play with their favorite toys. This is the best way to avoid toxin ingestion and help your beloved pets relax, while you’re enjoying the traditional holiday.


Do you have other tips for a pet-friendly Thanksgiving dinner? Share them with us. We wish you a happy, safe, healthy, and tasty holiday together with your fur family.



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