Thanksgiving is a joyous time for friends and family to get together and celebrate all their blessings from the past year. That means more çompany than usual, more food than usual, different food is prepared for the celebration. With these things in mind let’s not forget our other family members, our pets.
There are many different precautions and boundaries that may need to be set for the safety of your pets. Most of these precautions have to do with food, but a few have to do with stress of the pet.
Let’s Start with Stress Precautions.
With a lot of strangers in the house your pet may freak out or may be the life of the party! Either way make sure your pet has a safe place to go in case the extra noise disturbs them. Have some of their treats and toys with them to keep them company while you enjoy your guest. Make sure your guest are aware that you do have a pet and you do not want it let out, if it is an inside pet. Your guest can help watch for your pet in case they decide to pull a Houdini on you during your celebration. Do not ignore your pet completely, they still need your attention and reassurance that all is well and they are still very much loved.
F O O D
Now let’s look at the food situation for your pet. I’m sure if you have a pet you pretty much know what is good for them and what is poisonous for them. However, your guest may not be aware of this information and may accidentally give your pet a food that makes them very sick. The best way to avoid this at all times, not just during festivities, is to make sure everyone knows not to feed your pet anything. Then you will be totally responsible for what your pet ingests at these gatherings.
While you and your guest enjoy your feast you can have a special feast for your pet by serving them something new or something they don’t get often that is made for their digestive system. Putting this inside a puzzle toy will keep your pet busy for quite some time.
The Top Toxic People Foods That Could Kill Your Pet
Before you start shaking your head and saying those are not true because my pet has been eating lots of those foods and it has never hurt them. Let me just say, that is awesome for you and your pet! However, these foods are Not made for the digestive system of animals and could very easily kill your pet! Or cause lots of problems like pancreatitis, heart problems, tremors, hyperactivity, seizures, stomach issues, kidney failure, and death! Why risk any of these problems if you don’t need to?
- Chocolate, Coffee and Caffeine
- Any part of a citrus plant
- Coconut and Coconut Oil – I know lots of people using the oil in hopes of helping their pet. Not a good idea!
- Grapes and Raisins
- Macadamia Nuts
- Milk and Dairy – I’m guilty using cheese for pills.
- Mother Nuts – Almonds, Pecans, and Walnuts
- Onions, Garlic, and Chives
- Raw/Undercooked Meat, Eggs, and Bones – They do this in the wild to survive , but I promise you they have a shorter lifespan.
- Salt and Salty Smack Foods
- Xylitol – This almost killed me so I can imagine what it does to an animal. It is used in gum, candy, pastry, and toothpaste.
- Yeast Dough
There are probably other foods pets should not have, but these are the most toxic. Some pets can eat anything and nothing happens. I’ve had a few cats and dogs that I thought were Billy Goats, because they ate everything and nothing bothered them. Then there are the pure bred delicate breeds that can’t tolerate anything but pet food. To keep it simple and safe try not to feed your pet people food and if you do please be very cautious of what foods you give them.