Our clients all know that we frown on giving people food to pets. But we have pets and know how it is. We love them and we want to include them on the festivities. Here is how to include them and NOT see us in the following days with vomiting/diarrhea and a variety of symptoms known as “dietary indiscretion”.
Choose wisely. If you kind of think that you shouldn’t eat it, don’t give it to your pet and there are, of course, ingredients that need to be avoided for pets specifically that are alright for people.
Examples might include:
Highly fatty foods, like ground beef or bacon can cause severe disease in some pets, like emergency pancreatitis. Thanksgiving morning brunch with eggs and sausage is not dog friendly!
Chocolate is never a great idea for pets. No onions, garlic, grapes, raisins or bones should be offered to pets.
We personally avoid highly processed foods, like breads and pastries for our personal pets.
Remember “all things in moderation”. Never give dogs all the leftover mashed potatoes or clean out the fridge on Black Friday dumping all of it on the dog!
Good choices might include giving a green bean or two or maybe a carrot. Dessert for your dog could be a piece of melon. Our dogs are grateful to be included and are very excited about anything that we give them. They never stop and ask if I have something tastier!
Most pets are just happy to have all the excitement and visitors and the treats are secondary. Pets show us what being thankful is all about and I am thankful for them!