Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Stay safe for Thanksgiving!

Stay safe for Thanksgiving, and ensure that your pet is safe as well. That big Thanksgiving dinner that makes humans sleepy is not good for dogs and cats, but hat doesn't mean they can't get treats. It's okay to share a small piece of turkey or some unsalted, unbuttered vegetables. Stay away from - and ask your guests not to feed the pets - turkey skin, gravy, turkey bones, and chocolate.

According to Petplan who insures over 100,000 dogs and cats, the Thanksgiving weekend gives a 91% increase in pet gastroenteritis, 82% increase in poisonings, and 28% increase in pancreatitis. Luckily, these disasters are easy to avoid.

Most doggies will love a pumpkin smoothie. It's easy to make and a delightful and healthy treat. Mix up equal parts canned pumpkin puree and plain nonfat yogurt. Can be served as liquid, or frozen.

If you want to do something more elaborate, I borrowed this recipe for doggie turkey meatballs from Petplan:

6 ounces lean ground turkey
1/2 cup chopped carrots
1/2 cup quinoa or oatmeal
Pinch of kelp powder

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place turkey and carrots in a food processor and blend until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Roll into 1-inch balls and place on a nonstick cooking sheet.

Bake 15 minutes.

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday for meeting family and friends. Stay safe, whether you're traveling or at home. 

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~ Maria Sadowski ~


  1. So many people don't understand that it isn't good for us to eat what the humans are eating. Hope all dogs get good safe food.

    1. Thank you! My gang got turkey and beans. Deeming from the tail-wags they liked it. =D