Thanksgiving Table Etiquette for Pet Safety: Say No to Table Feeding

Troublesome Thanksgiving Table Etiquette

Now say that five times fast! As the holiday season approaches, we all look forward to Thanksgiving feasts and quality time with loved ones, including our furry family members. While it’s tempting to share the joy of a festive meal with our pets, it’s crucial to understand the potential risks and exercise caution. In this November blog post, we’ll emphasize the importance of not table feeding your pets and also discuss some common poisonous foods to avoid during Thanksgiving.

The No Table Feeding Rule: Keeping Your Pet’s Diet Consistent

It’s easy to succumb to those adorable eyes staring up at you while you enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner. However, sudden dietary changes can upset your pet’s stomach, leading to digestive issues, diarrhea, and even more severe health problems.

Many foods on the Thanksgiving menu can be harmful to pets. Sharing even a small portion of these items can lead to toxic reactions or digestive distress. Check out our list, below, of common Thanksgiving foods that your fur-baby should eschew from consuming.

Our “Say No To List” Of Common Poisonous Foods:

  • Turkey Bones: Turkey bones can splinter and cause choking or internal injuries. Keep bones out of your pet’s reach, and dispose of them securely so they can’t be gotten into later.
  • Onions and Garlic: These ingredients, often used in stuffing and gravies, can be toxic to pets and lead to anemia.
  • Raisins and Grapes: Dishes containing raisins or grapes can be dangerous and potentially cause kidney failure in pets.
  • Chocolate and Desserts: Chocolate contains theobromine, which is toxic to pets. Additionally, desserts often contain ingredients like xylitol, which is harmful to dogs. If you’re going to give something to your pet, always double check for artificial sweeteners first.
  • Nuts: Some nuts, like macadamia nuts, can be toxic to pets and lead to symptoms such as vomiting, weakness, and tremors.
  • Alcohol: Keep alcoholic beverages out of your pet’s reach, as even small amounts can be harmful and lead to intoxication or worse.
  • Uncooked Dough: Uncooked bread or pie dough can expand in your pet’s stomach and lead to digestive problems or alcohol production, causing intoxication.
  • Fatty Foods: High-fat foods can lead to pancreatitis in pets, causing severe abdominal pain and digestive issues. A common example of this is dairy products. While they may enjoy the flavor, when added to their favorite pet treats, your pet’s digestive system can’t properly process dairy products, or other fatty foods.

The Safe Alternative

Instead of sharing from your plate, consider preparing a special treat for your pet that is safe and enjoyable for them. Some small portions of plain, cooked turkey or a pet-safe treat can be a delightful alternative.

Wrapping It Up (…For Takehomes Later)

Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude and celebration, but it’s equally important to prioritize the safety and well-being of our pets. By adhering to the “no table feeding” rule and avoiding the common poisonous foods mentioned, you can ensure a Thanksgiving that’s both joyous and safe for your furry companions. From our YPCC Pet Care Family, to you and your pets, Happy Thanksgiving!