Thanksgiving is one of the most cherished holidays in America, and what’s not to love? Of course, our pets also want to get in on the action, but with so many potential risks to their health (toxic people food, stress, etc.), it can be daunting to try to include them.
At Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital, we understand your desire to spend the holiday with your furry family member. That’s why we’ve put together a few tips to have the best pet-friendly thanksgiving celebration.
First: The Food
Many of our most common Thanksgiving foods are highly toxic to pets, such as alcohol, bread dough, onions and garlic, chocolate, grapes and raisins, and anything sweetened with xylitol. Fatty bits of meat and other high-calorie foods also put pets at risk of pancreatitis, a dangerous inflammatory condition that can have long-term health consequences.
Fortunately, it’s easy to find healthy, tasty alternatives for your pet that still fit in with the Thanksgiving theme. The following combinations are sure to delight even the pickiest pet:
- Turkey dinner – Help your pet feel like part of the family by serving a pet-sized version of the family’s main meal. A slice of skinless, deboned turkey, a handful of cooked, plain veggies, and a dollop of mashed potatoes will be sure to please.
- Pet-friendly crudites – Fruit and veggie-loving pets will enjoy having a few slices of apple or carrots dipped in peanut butter as a crunch holiday treat.
- Pumpkin pie smoothie – It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie, but the sugar and fat in traditional versions isn’t good for our animal companions. Instead, blend together a bit of pumpkin puree, plain lowfat yogurt, and a dash of cinnamon for a creamy treat.
Adding any plain, cooked vegetable to your pet’s regular kibble is another tasty way to add valuable micronutrients to their diet. Simply toss a handful of green beans, peas, sweet potatoes, or squash into their bowl before you season it.
All Fun and Games
The best part of Thanksgiving is spending time with the ones you love, and who could be more deserving than our faithful four-legged companions? Make the day extra special for your pet by adding a few pet-friendly activities into the mix, such as:
- A rousing game of fetch or feather chase on Thanksgiving morning
- A family walk through the neighborhood after dinner
- Snuggling with your pet on the couch to watch the big game
A Pet-Friendly Thanksgiving to Remember
We hope you and your pet have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Don’t forget, we’re always happy to discuss any questions or concerns you might have regarding your pet. Please don’t hesitate to contact our team!