How to Ruin your Thanksgiving Dinner and Other Great Holiday Tricks

By SPCA International Staff

So you’re hosting another Thanksgiving Dinner? You’ve taken care of everything on your list, now it’s time to serve up that Free Range Turkey and plethora of sides, enjoy the game and each other’s company. But wait, what about Fido and Kitty who will be right there in the mix?

Sure pets are family, and they love to celebrate because they’re happy when you’re happy. They would love to partake in the treats and festivities as much as you, but they aren’t the same as you. If you want to ensure a safe holiday dinner, then please take a moment to read the following safety tips for a smooth and relaxing celebration, even if your mother-in-law is bringing her surprise casserole.

  1. You’ve stuffed the turkey, don’t stuff the dog. It may be so challenging to not give in to those pleading “I’m starving and showing you the whites of my eyes” looks, but all that fatty food could reak havoc on your dog’s digestive system. If you must, a small amount, depending on the dog’s weight, of white meat is a safe bet.
  2. Don’t cry for me Fido-tina. Onions are bad. Period. Even a small amount of this popular garnish can be toxic to your pet inducing severe anemia that might go undetected for days.
  3. Sugar and spice and everything not so nice. Spices like sage and thyme that are common in Thanksgiving dinners contain essential fatty acids that that cause tummy upset and nervous system depression if eaten in large quantities. That goes the same for sweets. When it comes to your pets, it’s best to avoid any high sugar pies and cranberry sauces.
  4. Turkey Gravy Verdict: Guilty
    Recipes for turkey gravy often include turkey stock which is high in salt, pepper and seasonings; quite delicious for you, not so good for your four legged friend.
  5. Pumpkin/Sweet Potatoes. Ordinarily, safe and healthy treats for your pets’ bowels, but during the holidays, these starchy vegetables are laced with sugary and savory condiments that aren’t good for your pet’s digestive tract.
  6. Cocktails. Sure it may have the word tail in it, but alcohol in even the smallest amount can be fatal for Fido and Kitty. Be sure to inform your guests to keep an eye on their drinks and safe out of your pet’s way, and maybe Uncle Ed’s too.
  7. Bone dry. In other words, as enticing as it is to offer your pet a cooked bone from the Turkey, bones can are sharp and could get lodged in your pet’s digestive system for days. Worse yet, they could split and puncture a hole in the intestines. We suggest that you dispose of them well, or make a soup with the leftovers. Unless of course it’s Tofurky!
  8. Pooped! When in doubt that you can have an eye on your dog or cat throughout the whole meal, why not be safe and get him pooped out before your guests arrive. A well-exercised dog will likely be sleepy from activity instead of Turkey!

By following a few these basic tips, your dog and cat will enjoy a fun, safe Thanksgiving with no unexpected gastrointestinal issues…now if you can only say the same thing after your mother-in-law’s casserole!

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