Thanksgiving Preparation for Your Pet


Thanksgiving is a time of showing gratitude for the goodness we have in our lives. Among the things that many of us give thanks for are our pets! During the holiday season, which for many of us starts at Thanksgiving and ends on New Year’s Day, we are home more often. This allows us to spend more time with our pets. It may also present more challenges for our pets as there may be unusual foods, as well as unusual people and noises in our homes. We at Sit & Stay Pet Care Services would like to share some holiday tips to make your season go as smoothly as possible.


Food Don’ts

  • Raw bread dough. “Yeast dough sugars convert into ethanol and carbon dioxide, which can be life-threatening to cats and dogs.”

  • Raw turkey, turkey carcasses, or skin. Turkey bone can shatter into small pieces, causing tears internally, or injuries far more severe. Turkey skin is fatty which may result in pancreatitis if too much is eaten.

  • Ham or ham bones. Ham is loaded with nitrates, and nitrates are sodium-based. Large amounts of salt can be toxic to pets. Ham has a higher amount of fats than most other meats, and therefore can produce the same effect as turkey skin. A very small sliver would be acceptable, but nothing more and not too often. Ham bones are also not advisable.

  • Garlic, onions, chives, or leeks (alliums). Most main courses and side dishes contain one or more of these items. “Over time, continuous high doses of allium vegetables can cause oxidative damage to the red blood cells, gastrointestinal distress, and even anemia.”

  • Nutmeg, artificial sweeteners, chocolate. Artificial sweeteners and additives such as xylitol found in candies and peanut butter are very common around the holiday table. Other spices and chocolate, especially dark chocolate, can also be toxic in relative amounts.


Food Dos

  • Lean cuts of boneless meat. Sharing turkey or chicken breast meat, or lean cuts of beef that are low in sodium can be a nice way for your pet to join you in your holiday meal.

  • Plain, cooked vegetables. There are many safe vegetables to include in your pet’s diet: sweet potatoes, pumpkin, green beans, broccoli, carrots, celery, corn, zucchini, butternut and acorn squashes are the most common options. (No butter added.)

  • Peanut butter. Salt free and sugar-free (without xylitol) peanut butter is a definite yes!

Remember, if you are sharing table food with your pet, adjust their regular daily meals accordingly. Overfeeding can cause digestive upset leading to vomiting or other illnesses. Especially if your pet is overweight, be mindful of its caloric intake.


The Kitchen


Animals are sensitive creatures and can feel household anxiety when their humans are dreading interrelationships or even just in a rush to get things done. This type of anxiety can cause your pets to get underfoot while you are swiftly moving around the house, and especially in the kitchen where they are hopeful to find things you may drop whilst cooking. Sometimes they just feel the excitement in the air and are extremely attention-seeking and just want to play! Either expression of anxiety could cause unwanted accidents in the house, but in the kitchen the results could be disastrous and possibly harmful to both humans and pets.



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