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Turkey Dinner

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We are thankful for our family, our friends, our customers who have become our friends, and we never forget our furry companions!

With the holiday festivities getting underway, we need to also think about our pets’ comforts. We want to keep them healthy and safe. Do they become anxious with people stopping by or maybe the noise level in the house is more than usual? If so, think about putting them in a different room or crating them for the duration. If they’re particularly overwhelmed, you may want to try a Thundershirt on them.

If you don’t separate your pet, be mindful of the door opening and closing. You don’t want your pet to slip through the door. Make sure you have their collar on before your guests arrive. If they do try to slip out, it will give you something to grab!

Do your dogs beg to be included in that turkey dinner you’re dishing up? I bet the smells of the turkey cooking are driving them crazy! If you share dinner with your dog or cat, keep in mind the following:

say YES to these foods:

First, keep their portions small —

  • White turkey is a good lean protein. Make sure to remove all skin, fat and especially remove all bones!
  • A small amount of mashed potatoes without any butter, sour cream or gravy
  • Plain sweet potato
  • Plain green beans
  • Plain cooked pumpkin or canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)

say NO to these foods:

  • Alcohol
  • Avocado
  • Chocolate, Coffee, Caffeine
  • Citrus (use caution: stems, leaves, peels, seeds) — small doses only but may cause stomach upset
  • Coconut and Coconut Oil (use caution: flesh and milk) — small doses may cause stomach upset
  • Coconut Water
  • Grapes and Raisins
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Milk and Dairy
  • Nuts
  • Onions, Garlic, Chives
  • Raw/Undercooked Meat, Eggs and Bones
  • Salt and Salty Snack Foods


Disclaimer: This article is for informational only. It does not replace a consultation with a veterinarian and may not be used to diagnose or treat any conditions in your dog or cat.

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