Even if your pet is an important member of your family, during this season you should keep in mind that Thanksgiving meals are not for your pets. Feeding them scraps from Thanksgiving table could make them sick especially if the food contains salt and spicy condiments.
Turkey is a big “no” too when it comes to feeding your pet, since just as chicken bones, turkey bones could splinter into sharp chips, causing bleeding, bowel obstruction or blocking the animal’s throat. Besides that, there are some aliments that are absolutely forbidden from a pet’s diet, such as chocolate – which could cause damage to the central nervous ; onion and garlic, which – especially if raw – could be deadly; macadamia nuts; raisins and grapes, which could cause system or kidney failure. Sauce and fat from different festive dishes could also be harmful, leading to indigestion or upset stomach.
The Humane Society advises pet owners to only feed their canine or feline partners what they are used to eat, trying not to change their diet not even during the holidays, no matter how tempting would it be to give in to those puppy eyes. Even small quantities of the forbidden aliments could do a lot of harm to your furry children.
Even though you might be overwhelmed by preparations for the big Thanksgiving dinner, remember to keep an eye on your pet so that they won’t steal your turkey from the counter, eat your cake from the fridge that you forgot to close or get scraps under the table from your guests. Try to advise the latter not to feed your animal without your permission, no matter how much they want to befriend them.
If you really want to make your dog or cat feel like a part of the family during the holidays and accommodate them to the Thanksgiving dinner, you can always try some special treats recipes, based on healthy aliments that they can safely consume. Keep in mind that cats are carnivores and dogs are omnivores so feed them accordingly to their needs for the sake of their life and health.
If you have too many leftovers after the dinner party they would be more appreciated by a person in need so you could pack them up and give them to the homeless person sleeping at the corner of your street. But no matter what you choose to do with the leftovers, you have to remember that Thanksgiving meals are not for your pets.
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