What Can My Pets Eat on Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving is a holiday where the family gets together to give thanks for the year’s abundance. But, let’s be honest – it’s also the day when we get out the stretch-waist pants and dig in to a vast array of food! The problem is, everything you love so much about the Thanksgiving holiday, like seeing long, lost family members and all of the delicious food, can pose a risk for your pet.

From getting into food they shouldn’t be eating to feeling overstressed by all of the strange faces and loud noises, your favorite holiday can be a nightmare from your pet’s perspective. Thankfully, there are some things you can do to help make the Thanksgiving holiday safer and healthier for your pet. Here are eight tips to get you started.

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#1: Keep the Food on the Table and the Trash Hidden

As tempting as it might be to slide your pet a tasty morsel from the table, don’t do it. Tell all of your guests not to do it either. Hidden inside all of that delicious food can be potential dangers for your pet.

For instance, yeast dough can be very problematic for animals; chocolate, raisins, grapes, and onions can be toxic; and artificial sweeteners like Xylitol can be deadly. Plus, did you know that turkey skin, even a small amount of it, can cause life-threatening pancreatitis in pets?

Don’t risk it; keep the food on the table and your trash hidden or removed from the home immediately after dinner.

#2: Keep Decorative Plants Out of Your Pet’s Reach

Some of the common decorative flowers and plants so popular during Thanksgiving can be highly toxic to pets. This is especially the case with amaryllis, Baby’s Breath, Sweet William, hydrangeas, certain types of ferns, and Poinsettia. If you are using seasonal flowers and plants to decorate your home for the holidays, make sure you keep them out of your pet’s reach.

#3: Keep Your Pet’s Collar (With Tag) on Her

With so many people coming to your home for the holiday, your front door will be opening and closing a lot. Make sure you have your pet’s collar with an updated tag on her at all times. You will be glad you did this if your pet happens to sneak out the door while it’s being held open. If your pet has a microchip and you haven’t updated the information on it for a while, go online and update it before the holiday.

#4: Supervise the Kids

If you have young nieces and nephews coming over for dinner, make sure you keep an eye on them when they’re with your pet. Young kids are often rough with new animals and the last thing you want to have happen is your pet to get injured or to bite one of the kids.

#5: Inform Your Guests of Your Pet’s Needs

If your pet is shy, easily scared, or aggressive around strangers, then you need to tell your guests before they show up what they can and can’t do with or around your pet. This is important for the safety of your pet and your guests.

#6: Create a Cozy Getaway

If your family is boisterous and your pet is starting to show signs of anxiety or fear, then you should have a cozy getaway already prepared for her so she can escape to somewhere more comfortable and quiet. Provider her with food and plenty of fresh water and check in on her often so she doesn’t feel abandoned.

#7: Take Your Pet for a Walk

Just because it’s a holiday doesn’t mean your pet doesn’t need her exercise. After dinner, take her for her usual walk. This will help normalize her day and she’ll be more calm when you arrive back home because she will have burned off some excess energy.

#8: Be Prepared If You’re Leaving for the Holiday

If you are traveling for the holiday and your pet is staying home, being cared for by a sitter, then you will want to ensure that person has everything they need to properly care for your pet. This includes making sure there’s enough food and treats to last her while you’re away.

If your pet is on medication, then you need to make sure she has enough doses and you need to leave detailed instructions for her caretaker on how to administer the medications. Even better, you should have the individual stop over for a trial run while you’re still home just to make sure that he or she knows how to do it.

If you need additional medication to get your pet through the holidays, Diamondback Drugs can help you get the medicine your pet needs for less. We can even provide you with a free quote for the medications so you know the exact cost before you have your scripts filled. Try Diamondback Drugs today and see how much money you can save on all of your pet’s medications.

Author: Giano Panzarella