Keep Your Dog Safe at Thanksgiving

So with Thanksgiving just around the corner in the United States, it is important to take extra special care of your dogs.  If your dogs are like mine, they have given me so many reasons to be grateful this year. Now it is our turn to show them appreciation for the things they do each and every day to make us happy and make sure we keep them safe.

The best yet most risky part of Thanksgiving is food and friends.  So let’s talk about what we need to do to prepare for each.


Many people feed their dog table scraps and people food (I know I do) but at Thanksgiving, it is easy to go overboard in the spirit of sharing.  First off, it is important to know that more pets are treated for or die from pancreatitis each holiday season than at any other time of the year.

Pancreatitis is generally triggered by a meal heavy in fatty foods.  Thanksgiving feasts are just laden with fat.  Turkey skin and grave are two big contributors to a fatty meal.  Add some ice cream and pie and at the least, you are setting your dog up for some stomach upset and diarrhea.  So if you want to share the holiday food feast with your pets, be judicious in what you feed them.

Turkey is great and dogs love it but the skin is extremely fatty should not be given to dogs.  You should also refrain from giving them turkey bones and any of the fabulous fatty sides like gravy, breads and any cooked bones.


One longing look from those big soulful eyes and it is very easy for our friends to feed out dogs anything they want.  Before your friends arrive, ask your friends specifically not to feed your dogs.  Leave out some dog kibble for them to feed your pups to help them resist the urge to give them that slice of pie.


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