It’s important to keep the “Happy” in Thanksgiving by ensuring that you and your dog have a safe and fun-filled holiday season. Thanksgiving is the launch of a frenetic time, one in which we celebrate all we are thankful for, including our pets, our family and our friends.
Here are some tips to remember
- Foods. Do not give your dog spicy or fatty foods including bread dough, herbs, sweets (especially those with chocolate) or caffeine. Specific foods to avoid include:
- According to Bark Busters’ experts, when raw bread dough is eaten, an animal’s body heat causes the dough to rise in his stomach, causing severe abdominal pain and vomiting.
- Onions and onion powder, which people often use to spice up their stuffing, will destroy your dog or cat’s red blood cells, which can lead to anemia.
- Chocolate can actually be fatal to your dog or cat, so keep the pies and cake well out of reach.
- Although alcohol may be on your menu, do not give any to your dog.
- Grapes and raisins contain a toxin that can cause kidney damage to both dogs and cats.
- Turkey bones can easily splinter, causing your dog to choke or get stuck in his gums. Give your dog bones designed for dogs! A little bit of turkey or mashed potatoes is okay, but don’t let them overindulge. You can also fill a Kong toy for your dog, keeping him busy for hours while you and your guests happily sit around the table in peace.
- All the commotion at Thanksgiving can cause your dog to get overexcited when guests arrive. To help your dog stay calm, exercise him before your guests arrive.
- Ah, the delights your garbage can contain! Make sure you keep the lid firmly secured, because if your dog or other critters get in, they will think they hit the jackpot! Also, aluminum foil, wax paper and other food wrappings can cause intestinal obstruction. Make sure to place these items securely in the garbage.
Fun Facts About Thanksgiving
Although most of us know that the first Thanksgiving was celebrated in Plymouth, Massachusetts, here some other tidbits to stump your guests:
- What was served at the first Thanksgiving? Rabbit, chicken, squash, beans, leeks, dried fruit, and honey.
- How many turkeys are sold in the U.S. for Thanksgiving? 280 million.
- What was the largest turkey ever raised? 86 pounds.
- How many feathers does a mature turkey have? 3,600 feathers.
- True or false. Commercial turkeys can fly. False.
- What part of a 15 pound turkey is white or dark meat? 70% is white meat and 30% is dark meat. (would this ratio differ in a larger or smaller turkey?)
Bark Busters wishes you and your family a safe holiday season … let the festivities begin!