Thanksgiving Safety Tips

Posted In: Feline Health & Wellness, Canine Health & Wellness

Thanksgiving may be a little different this year due to the pandemic, but it is anticipated that kitchens all across America will still be bustling with activity. Even if you are planning a feast for one, you will still want to use caution when it comes to holiday foods and your pet.

Here are a few tips:

  • Avoid feeding your pet anything they are not used to eating, even if it falls in the same food group as something they are used to. For example, if your pet is accustomed to eating chicken, turkey could still cause an upset stomach. Other popular Thanksgiving foods you should avoid feeding pets include:
    • Cooked poultry and ham bones. Chicken and turkey bones are hollow and splinter easily, which can cause mouth injuries and intestinal blockage. In addition, ham bones usually contain a lot of salt, which could give your pet an upset stomach.
    • Fat drippings from your turkey pan. This can cause gastrointestinal upset, so fat drippings should not be given to pets, and it shouldn’t be poured over their normal food as an added treat.
  • There are some festive foods your pets may enjoy in moderation:
    • Canned pumpkin is a great source of fiber, potassium, vitamin A, iron, and beta carotene. Plus, it can help with an upset stomach. But don’t overdo it. Too much pumpkin can cause make stomach issues worse and cause other health problems. It is important to note that you should not give your pet canned pumpkin pie mix, which contains added sugar and spices.
    • Plain, cooked, mashed sweet potatoes are a yummy option that provide beta carotene and fiber. Avoid giving your pet sweet potatoes that contain sugar, marshmallows, butter, or other ingredients typically found in sweat potato dishes.
  • If you are having guests over, let them know not to feed your pet table scraps. Instead, have plenty of your pet’s normal treats on hand, and allow your guests hand your pet one. We recommend a small, low calorie treat, such as Lean Treats for Dogs or Cats. You can purchase Lean Treats at AMCMA and opt for curbside pickup or home delivery.
  • Make sure to secure your garbage when the meal is finished so your pet doesn’t gobble it up! Not only will your pet make a big mess, they are at risk of ingesting bones and other dangerous foods.

If your pet eats something he or she shouldn’t, give us a call or contact the pet poison hotline at 888-426-4435.

The Animal Medical Center of Mid-America has veterinarians at three locations that can answer questions about your pet’s health. Call 314-951-1534 or click here to request an appointment online.