Stuff the Turkey Not the Dog — Thanksgiving Tips for a Safe Canine Holiday

German Shepherd with Turkey Dinner

Mmmm. . .the aroma of a mouthwatering roasting turkey from the oven, stuffing cooling around the counter, baked desserts testing your willpower. A feast that may stretch the limits of one’s pants and perhaps even lull a person straight into an early nighttime doze.

The holidays are upon us. The climate has turned brisk, the trees are turning to autumn colors, and Thanksgiving is just right around the corner. For a lot of us, Thanksgiving is definitely an annual gathering of close friends and family members. A reminder to be grateful for all we’ve got in our lives, close and dear that we adore including our canine companions.

It’s fun to include canines with as we take pleasure in the Thanksgiving holiday and if your doggy is really a beloved member of your household, it can be a given they are going to be smack dab inside the center of your holiday gathering. It can be also a given they are going to be around to gobble up any meals left out and unsupervised, sample some tasty turkey tidbits handed to them on the sly and vacuum up any dropped food particles. It is often tough to resist the temptation to share Thanksgiving dinner with them as their gentle brown eyes and fury feet stick to your each and every single move. Here are a handful of suggestions to assist in maintaining the four legged family members safe, healthy and incorporated in the festivities as all of us gathers close to the table for Thanksgiving.

For those who would like to share some of the Thanksgiving feasts with your pet use some fundamental common sense.


    Cooked boneless, skinless turkey meat – white meat is the most beneficial

    Plain veggies – NO sauce, NO butter

    Plain potatoes – NO butter, NO gravy

    Plain rice

    Turkey broth in moderation


    NO turkey bones – All poultry bones splinter very easily and are hazardous. Regardless of whether splintered or whole they can lodge within and/or perforate a dog’s intestines.

Turkey Wishbone

    NO turkey skin – The skin is excessive in unwanted fat and difficult to digest. Additionally, it holds marinade, butter, oils, and spices applied in baking. “Treating” your pet to fatty meals like poultry skin can result in gastric distress and Pancreatitis, a critical inflammatory condition from the pancreas that causes vomiting and dehydration.

    NO to all the fancy trimmings – Foods smothered in rich gravies, sugars, salt and so forth.

    NO to sweets or desserts – If these are undesirable for us, they are absolutely undesirable for our dogs.

    NO to chocolate – Chocolate can be lethal to dogs.

Plan ahead. As you are preparing side dishes, put aside some plain mashed potatoes, a cup of cooked broccoli, green beans or carrots prior to adding all the cream, salt, butter, wine, etc. These things will likely be treasured (and devoured) by your pet, as well as being nutritious and balanced for them. Gage your dog’s present diet regime. If your pooch typically eats “dog food” (i.e. grain or kibble), do not provide a large bowl filled with turkey, veggies and potatoes unexpectedly. A sudden alter in eating habits can stress their system and lead to an upset belly and diarrhea. As an alternative, try including a piece of turkey, some broth and a handful of veggies to their kibble. Veggies may also be utilized for “treats” all through the afternoon. If your dog is used to a do-it-yourself homemade food plan, you can be far more generous and inventive as you indulge them in their Thanksgiving feast.

If your dog is not permitted to “beg” or consume food from your table, Thanksgiving is no exception. Prior to dinner commencing be certain to let your well-meaning guest be aware that sharing with Fido will not be permitted. Retain a watchful eye on youngsters who may attempt to feed the furry creature anyway and maintain a watchful eye on the furry creature who will take the opportunity to acquire food from tiny fingers.

For those who do wish to treat your pet from your table or are so concerned that your company will not have the ability to resist that adorable irresistible face, strategically place modest “doggy plates” around the table. Only things from these plates may be fed to Fido and when these plates are empty, that’s it!

On a closing note, tend not to overlook the significance of cleaning up following the festivities have concluded. Even the best behaved, well trained pets can be tempted and drawn to unsafe objects discarded inside the trash. Objects utilized to cook the turkey, for instance, skewers, string, pop up timers, and roasting bags can result in intestinal blockage or perforation if swallowed. Turkey bones and all other discarded meal products need to be disposed of inside a secure location. Garbage cans with tight fitting lids or far better yet, inside a closed protected area which is dog-proof is suggested.

Keep your cherished, loyal furry companion(s) secure, healthy, and happy this holiday season. Remember to be grateful for the unconditional love and pleasure they provide to your existence on a daily basis.

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