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Thanksgiving Safety Tips for Pets

November 17, 2020

Treat Your Pet to a Safe Thanksgiving
Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, pie … the list of delicious Thanksgiving food goes on. While you’re busy stuffing your face you may be tempted to give your pets some extra treats, but, there are a lot of dangers for your pet hiding in your Thanksgiving spread.

However, there are plenty of fall favorites that can be tasty (and safe) options for your dog or cat to share in small portions during holiday festivities.

Can I Share Thanksgiving Foods with My Pet?
There are a lot of foods in a typical Thanksgiving spread that are harmful to pets, but there are also many that are healthy for them.

While a few small boneless pieces of cooked turkey, a lick of mashed potato or even a nibble of pumpkin pie are all unlikely to cause a major problem, any type of overindulgence can result in an upset stomach, diarrhea or even pancreatitis.

Whether your pet gets into your feast or a family member sneaks them some table scraps, it’s important to know which foods are okay for them to eat and which may result in a trip to the emergency veterinarian’s office.

Dos and Don’ts: Thanksgiving Foods for Pets

Do: Turkey
Typically, it’s ok to give your pet lean proteins like chicken, salmon, and, you guessed it, turkey. However, you should only treat them to a small amount of white meat that is free of bones, fat, and skin. You should also make sure there’s no gravy, onions or spices, as some of those ingredients are toxic.

Don’t: Bones
While most images of dogs conjure up the classic pairing of a dog with a bone, bones can be incredibly dangerous for pets. Bones, especially cooked bones, can splinter and crack when chewed on, tearing up your pet’s mouth and stomach. Small bones and soup bones can also become choking hazards.

Do: Most Vegetables
There are a variety of veggies that are pet safe. If you’re looking to add a little color to your pet’s plate, broccoli, carrots, asparagus, celery, bell peppers, zucchini, green beans and cucumbers are all safe for pets to enjoy!

Don’t: Onions, Garlic, Chives, Scallions
Some of our favorite flavorful additions are toxic to pets. Onions, scallions, leeks, garlic and other similar vegetables are dangerous and should not be consumed.

Do: Most Fruits
Like vegetables, there are a lot of great options for pet-safe fruits. Treats like blueberries, peaches and cranberries are all safe for pets to snack on.

Don’t: Grapes and Raisins
Grapes and raisins are extremely dangerous for pets and you should never give your pet these foods. Unlike other fruits, they can cause kidney failure.

Do: Pumpkin
Pumpkin is fantastic for pets! It’s packed full of vitamins and is great for pets’ digestive tracts.

Don’t: Sweets
Most pet owners are already aware that chocolate is highly dangerous for animals, but there are other sinister sweets out there, too. Artificial sweeteners, particularly those containing Xylitol, are potentially lethal. In general, pets shouldn’t consume sugary snacks. Desserts containing macadamia nuts are also off the table, as these nuts can cause muscular weakness, disorientation, depression, tremors and abdominal pain.

Be Thankful for Health This Year
By educating yourself on the potential hazards of the holiday, you can ensure a safe and fun Thanksgiving for you and your furry companion. Even if their begging face tries to convince you that they’d be thankful for a sample of your plate, take precautions to keep your pet happy and healthy this fall.

We at Covetrus North America are thankful for you and your pets! Covetrus is dedicated to the health and happiness of animals every day. Visit us online or contact your Covetrus representative at 855.724.3461.



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