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Keeping Turkey Day Safe

Your pet may dream about turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing during the holiday season, but unfortunately there are side effects that come along with these holiday treats. Remember these tips for food safety this holiday season:

Turkey: Turkey itself does not pose great harm, but feeding it to your dog in the same form we eat it during Thanksgiving could leave your dog with an upset tummy, simply because it can be rich and your dog’s system will not be accustomed to it. If you’d like to give them something special, a plain piece of unseasoned, cooked turkey without the skin is a great treat, or try thisĀ turkey & cranberry treat recipe with your leftovers!

Food High in Fat: Food such as poultry skin can cause inflammation as well, so mind those calories for the dog, too!

Poultry Bones: Poultry bones may splinter and become lodged in your pets’ esophagus. Be sure to dispose of these in a trash can with a lid to keep your pet out.

Chocolate: Most pet parents know the dangers of chocolate. Its ingredients can cause hyperactivity and rapid breathing. You may have guests in the house who aren’t used to keeping everything at a doggie safe level, so remind them to keep all those chocolate treats away from your pet.

Onions, raisins, and grapes: These can be hidden dangers to your pet and none should be used as a treat.

To reduce temptation for your pet make sure to do the following:

  • Keep up with your daily feeding and exercise routine, feed your pet before guests arrive, discourage guests from feeding your pet anything you haven’t approved, and keep leftover food out of reach in tightly closed containers.
  • Reducing stressful situations brought about by the holiday season are important for your peace of mind, as well as keeping your pet in high spirits. Turn a quiet room away from the holiday crowd into a cozy oasis for your pet, and take them shopping for a special chew toy. It will occupy their energies during those long family meals.
  • Finally, check with your veterinarian for their holiday schedule and emergency contact info, so you’re prepared in the event you need them.

Your furry friend will shower you with kisses for taking these safety precautions in having a happy and healthy pet!

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