Feasting, football, Aunt Louise pinching cheeks and Cousin Al snoring on the recliner --Thanksgiving draws family together and that means our beloved furry family members, too.
With a few small considerations, there's no reason our cats and dogs can't celebrate the holiday with us. Keep in mind these food safety tips so that everyone in the house can enjoy the festivities.
DO Share a small bite of turkey. A boneless, well cooked piece of the main dish is perfectly fine for sharing. A better idea still is for your kitty or pooch to have their own pet appropriate Thanksgiving dinner that's just for them!
DON'T Feed your pet turkey skin. Aside from bastings and seasonings that may be coating the skin, fatty foods aren't always easy for pets to digest. Overweight animals run a higher risk of pancreatitis so keep their treats lean and light.
DO Be careful with clean up. Some dogs cannot help themselves. A turkey carcass sitting on the stove or tossed into the garbage can is too much temptation. Gnawing on the leftovers not only makes a mess, there's bones that can get lodged in doggy's throat or cause him stomach problems later. If you have a persistent snooper, tuck the garbage bin onto a back porch or a laundry room out of paw's reach.
DON'T Share breads and doughs. Cats in particular seem to love the smell of dough for breads and pies. But never give in and give them or the family dog a taste. Yeast can actually cause alcohol poisoning in your pet as it produces ethanol during digestion, as well as painful bloating.
DO Have the number for ASPCA Poison Control Hotline ( 1- 888-426-4435 ) saved on your phone. It's very rare that a life threatening emergency will occur. However, better to be prepared ahead of time. Be sure to let any guests know the rules about feeding the cats and dogs, particularly if it's a person you don't get to see often or they don't know your pet well. Any gifts like poinsettias or table centerpieces should be put up and away from your pets.
DON'T Feed your pet dressing, gravy, or mashed potatoes. Buttery food or items made with heavy creams and spices can cause and upset stomach and even diarrhea. Pumpkin is sometimes used sparingly to give a cat or dog extra fiber in their diet so you should be extra cautious if you see them eyeing the dessert table.
There's so many wonderful things to be thankful for; the health and safety of those we love is right there at the top of that list. We're thankful everyday to serve your family. From the entire Brook Farm team, have a joyous, Happy Thanksgiving.