Include Your Pet in Your Thanksgiving Gathering

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and that means we’ll all be sitting down to enjoy a delicious feast soon! If you’re like us, you never want to leave your furry friends out of the celebration.  While you and your family enjoy a Thanksgiving meal, give your pets a little feast of their own. Brookside Barkery has a couple of turkey tips to be sure that everyone enjoys a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

Avoid giving your four-legged friend any of the turkey carcass. The bones can be problematic to the digestive tract. Instead, give them the turkey neck – they are a great and cost-effective way to add variety and nutrition to your dog’s diet. Fresh turkey neck is a great natural source of protein, fat and calcium. It’s also used for tooth and gum nourishment. Just be sure to monitor them while they’re eating it to avoid any choking – especially for smaller dogs

Another great way to promote a healthy gut for your dog is turkey bone broth. All you need is a turkey carcass and a few other ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen! Start by putting the turkey carcass and other bones in a pot and fill with water. You can also add garlic or other spices for flavor. Top it off with 3-4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and let it cook for 24 hours. Be sure to strain all of the bone out of broth once it’s cooked, your pup will love it – and the best part is it’s chock full of minerals and nutrients that taste great and promotes healthy gut and joints! Click here to learn more about making turkey bone broth for your dog.

If you’re thinking your pets need some Thanksgiving flavor in their diets right away, Brookside Barkery has several pumpkin treats and foods by Lotus, OC Raw, and Plato that are sure to get you (and your pup!) in the Thanksgiving mood this holiday season! Stop by our Brookside or Lee’s Summit locations today – your one stop shop for all your pet food and treat needs!

How more than half of dog owners could make their pets ill this Christmas

Dogs are given human food at Christmas by 56% of owners even though they know the treats can make them ill. More than half of dog owners will give their pets Christmas treats that they know can make them ill, a survey shows. Turkey and gravy – fed to dogs by 71% of owners – can cause vomiting and diarrhea and fruit in pies can damage kidneys. Some 49% said they gave human food over Christmas because dogs were “part of the family”. It led to a trip to the vet for 15%, the pet food firm survey found.

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Millions of dogs owners will put their pets at risk this Christmas by feeding them harmful food, a worrying new study reveals. The research shows 61 per cent of owners will let their dogs join them round the table for Christmas dinner. Shockingly, 56 per cent will feed their pet potentially harmful human foods – despite knowing it can be severely damaging.

The survey quizzed dog owners about feeding their canines indulgent foods over the festive season. It found an alarming 15 per cent have taken their pet to the vet over Christmas because it has fallen ill from eating human food.

The research reveals 71 per cent admit feeding their dog turkey in gravy and 28 per cent give them stuffing – both of which can lead to vomiting and diarrhea.Half of owners (49 per cent) say they feed them human food at Christmas because they feel their pet is “part of the family.”

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It seems people don’t want their four-legged-friends to miss out on mince pies at Christmas either. One-in-ten (nine per cent) ‘treat’ dogs to a mince pie unaware the raisins or sultanas in it can result in kidney failure for their pet. An alarming one-in-five feel it’s acceptable to feed pets human food because “Christmas is a special occasion.”

Some festive treats that should avoid the dog’s food-bowl are stuffing, gravy, raisins, and a stocking favorite – chocolate.


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

Click here to read more about Thanksgiving safety for your pets now