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CREATING A PET-FRIENDLY THANKSGIVING

This season, along with some pet safety reminders, here’s a few tips to help you create a pet-friendly
Thanksgiving that will be tail-wagging fun for all. If you’re ready to give your pet the best Thanksgiving
yet, check out these tips!

A HOLIDAY FOR HOUNDS (AND KITTIES, TOO!)

Do you feel like it’s the same-old, same-old when it comes to Thanksgiving? This year, why not make
Thanksgiving special for your pet? While they may have been relegated to the guest room during past
Thanksgivings, this time around, you can make a plan that includes your pet in some of the feasting and
merriment.

Here are a few suggestions for Thanksgiving-themed pet activities:

  • Take your well-behaved and leashed pet to a pet-friendly pumpkin patch or farmers market for
    some socialization with other dogs and their owners
  • Rake up all the fallen leaves in the yard and allow your pet to jump into the pile. The whole
    family can get into the excitement (and photos are a must!).
  • Sew a catnip-filled toy for your favorite kitty using fall-themed fabric patterns. Check out
    Pinterest for some inspiration.
  • Organize a neighborhood tag football or ultimate frisbee game for pets and their people.
  • Call up your yoga and dog loving friends and plan a morning of Doga (yoga with your dog, of
    course) at the park.
  • Dress your dog with a warm and cozy (and water resistant) coat for some brisk hikes on a
    beautiful trail.
  • Get your cat gussied up for dinner with a stylish bowtie, reminiscent of the colors of fall.

 

FEAST FOR BEASTS

Now that you have this list of pet-friendly activities, it’s time to consider the best part of Thanksgiving –
the food!

While you can’t give your pet all the fixin’s (especially not the toxic ones), you can treat them to a meal
of their own by following a few simple rules, the first of which is portion control. Any of the following
items are ok for your best pal (in moderation):

  • Small amount of turkey (remove skin and bones)
  • Unseasoned mashed potatoes, yams, or carrots
  • Unseasoned corn (not the cob)
  • Pure pumpkin puree (without sugar or sugar substitutes)
  • Unseasoned and steamed green beans

 

GIFTS OF GRATITUDE

If you and your pet have many things for which to be grateful, you may decide to help another deserving
pet this year. Animal shelters are always in need of pet food, beds, bowls, and other items. Likewise,
most animal charities welcome a donation, so you can feel great about supporting a worthy cause. You
can check out some local rescue groups in each edition of the Petzgazette in your area.

A PET-FRIENDLY THANKSGIVING REMINDER

Now that you have some good ideas for hosting a pet-friendly Thanksgiving, it’s equally important to
consider the risks this holiday. Thanksgiving, along with many other holidays, are busy times for
emergency clinics. Always keep your veterinarian’s phone number handy in case of emergencies. The
Petzgazette also carries a list of local veterinary hospitals in your area, so check out our online issues in
your area location.

Keep these toxins away from your pet:

  • Chocolate
  • Xylitol
  • Onions and garlic
  • Raisins and grapes
  • Alcohol
  • Yeast
  • Macadamia nuts

Keeping a close eye on your pet can go a long way, but it’s sometimes best to put your pet in a secure
room during cooking, eating, and clean-up.

Here’s wishing you all a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING this year!

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