Happy Thanksgiving from Chasing Tails! Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate the many things in life we are thankful for, including our four-legged family members! But as you prepare for your day of feasting and family, be sure to remember to keep your pets safe as well. These tips will ensure their holiday is a happy one as well!
Feed your pet Thanksgiving leftovers sparingly and selectively.
- Turkey can be shared in small amounts, but be sure to remove excess skin and fat, stick to white meat, and be sure there are no bones.
- Ham and gravy are very dangerous for dogs, as are all foods with a high fat content. They can lead to pancreatitis, which can be an emergency life-threatening situation if not caught early. Warning signs include vomiting and lethargy. Veterinarians often see cases of pancreatitis the week after Thanksgiving due to owners "wanting their dogs to have a good Thanksgiving meal", not realizing that even small amounts of homemade gravy can be incredibly harmful.
- Onions, grapes, and raisins are all poisonous to your pet.
- Steer clear of desserts as well. Chocolate, particularly baking chocolate, can be harmful and the artificial sweetened xylitol, often found in gum and sugar-free baked goods, can be deadly.
Try making a treat just for them! Avoid any potential danger and try these recipes to create something special just for your furry friend!
Turkey Treats for Dogs
2 cups cooked turkey (cut up)
4 teaspoons grated cheese
1 tablespoon parsley (freshly chopped)
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons brewers yeast
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Combine turkey, cheese, parsley and mix well. Beat the eggs in a bowl and pour over turkey mixture. Add the flour, yeast, and oil. Stir until thoroughly mixed and all ingredients are coated.
Drop into small lumps onto ungreased cookie sheet.
Cook in a 350-degree oven for about 20 minutes, until brown and firm. Store in refrigerator.
Special Cat Dinner
1 tablespoon minced, cooked green beans
1 teaspoon shredded carrot
2 tablespoons baked chicken breast (no skin) minced
1/3 cup cooked brown rice (wild rice is good)
1 tablespoon olive oil (good for preventing hair balls and constipation)
Mix all of the ingredients thoroughly with a wooden spoon or in a blender/food processor. It’s important to get the rice mixed in well so that it can’t be picked out.
Cook in a small Pyrex skillet over low heat, stirring and “chopping” constantly, until the egg is at least soft-set but done.
Refrigerate in air-tight containers, such as Tupperware, RubberMaid, or Zip-Lock baggies.
Use within 36 hours (refrigerated). Stores well in the freezer in Zip-Lock baggies and can be thawed and warmed simultaneously in boiling water in the bag.
Put trash away where pets can’t find it. A turkey carcass left sitting out or in an easily opened trash can could be deadly to your pet. Dispose of the carcass, bones, and anything used to wrap or tie the meat in a covered trash bag outside or behind a closed door.
Be careful when decorating with plants. Many plants are dangerous to pets. These include amaryllises, baby’s breath, some ferns, hydrangeas, and more. You can find a list of all toxic plants on the ASPCA’s website, but the safest plan is to just keep your pets away from all plants and table decorations.
In case of an emergency, act quickly. Quick action can save your pet’s life. If you think your pet may have eaten something toxic, can your veterinarian or a veterinary emergency clinic immediately. You can also call the ASPCA Poison Control Hotline at 888-426-4435. Watch for sudden behavior changes, vomiting, pain, or diarrhea.
Watch the exists to your home, particularly when guests are exiting or leaving. As you welcome friends and family, it’s easy for your dog or cat to run out the door and quickly get lost.
Make sure your pets are wearing their identification tags and are microchipped. This will greatly increase the chances that if they do sneak out, they are returned.
Chasing Tails wishes you and your furry friends a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
Sources: https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/thanksgiving-pet-safety.aspx, https://www.entirelypets.com/5dethpetre.html