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Thanksgiving Safety for Your Pets

Check out the following tips from ASPCA experts for a fulfilling Thanksgiving that your pets can enjoy, too.

Talkin’ Turkey
If you decide to feed your pet a little nibble of turkey, make sure it’s boneless and well-cooked. Don’t offer her raw or undercooked turkey, which may contain salmonella bacteria.

Sage Advice
Sage can make your Thanksgiving stuffing taste delish, but it and many other herbs contain essential oils and resins that can cause gastrointestinal upset and central nervous system depression to pets if eaten in large quantities. Cats are especially sensitive to the effects of certain essential oils.

No Bread Dough
Don’t spoil your pet’s holiday by giving him raw bread dough. According to ASPCA experts, when raw bread dough is ingested, an animal’s body heat causes the dough to rise in his stomach. As it expands, the pet may experience vomiting, severe abdominal pain and bloating, which could become a life-threatening emergency, requiring surgery.

Don’t Let Them Eat Cake
If you’re baking up Thanksgiving cakes, be sure your pets keep their noses out of the batter, especially if it includes raw eggs—they could contain salmonella bacteria that may lead to food poisoning.

A Feast Fit for a Kong
While the humans are chowing down, give your cat and dog their own little feast. Offer them Nylabones or made-for-pet chew bones. Or stuff their usual dinner—perhaps with a few added tidbits of turkey, vegetables (try sweet potato or green beans) inside a Kong toy. They’ll be happily occupied for awhile, working hard to extract their dinner from the toy.

Thanksgiving Safety Tips

Just as humans are at risk for “over-doing it” on Thanksgiving, and even getting sick from uncooked ingredients, pet owners should also be on alert for the safety of their four-legged friends. 

The ASPCA  shares several tips on pet safety during the upcoming holiday, including:

  • Turkey safety
  • Uncooked ingredients such as eggs and dough
  • Sage tummy trouble
  • Poisonous floral arrangements
  • And even how to create a mini feast fit for your pet

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