Thanksgiving Dog Treats Do’s and Don’ts

November 10, 2014 10:33 am

Have a Doggone Good Thanksgiving

Dog dreaming of a Turkey dinner.

There can be hidden dangers for dogs and cats in your holiday dinner. Learn how to safely share Thanksgiving with your pets.
Especially if you have children, you’re going to be under a lot of pressure to include the whole family, including your pets, in celebrating this special day of giving thanks. To ensure that no doggies or kitties end up with sick bellies – or worse – from eating the wrong foods, here are some do’s and don’ts to follow.

 

Do:

• Consult a vet.
• Opt for purchasing Thanksgiving treat toys such as play turkey bones or carrots for your kids to give your dog.
• Buy commercially made dog bones or chews in Thanksgiving Day flavors like turkey or sweet potatoes.
• If you are going to give your dog table scraps, be sure to remove any skin or bones from the turkey and cut up just a few pieces of white meat to add to his or her regular food.
• For cats, add a touch of pureed turkey or sweet potatoes to their normal diet.
• Be aware that most dogs and cats can safely eat plain cooked green beans, peas, sweet potatoes and carrots.

Don’t:

• … give your pet turkey bones. They can splinter and damage your dog’s stomach and intestines.
• … feed your pets anything with artificial sweeteners.
• … allow your pets to have grapes or raisins (dried grapes). They can be toxic to dogs and cats.
• … feed your pets dishes with added ingredients such as cheese, sour cream, or butter.
• … give your dog or cat anything with alliums including onions, garlic or scallions.
• … share any food with a lot of sugar.
• … allow your pets to have chocolate.

So as you gather together this holiday season with family and friends to give thanks for a bountiful harvest, don’t forget your furry friends. They are a part of the family, too.