Protect your pets this Thanksgiving, keep your meal to yourself
RAPID CITY, S.D. – While we prepare our delicious meals, it’s good to remember those meals feed humans and not our furry friends.
Some dairy products, yeast, and of course, chocolate should be kept away from your pet. Dogs should not eat onion, garlic, mushrooms, raisins, or nuts – which are all common ingredients in many Thanksgiving meals.
Raw or under-cooked turkey can contain upsetting bacteria and even well cooked foods can be difficult for your pets stomach’s to process.
“All of that can be really damaging to their gastrointestinal tract so be very cautious about leaving food out,” said Caitlin Ausmann of the Humane Society of the Black Hills. “Don’t let them snatch it up and grab it or willingly feed it to them. Even if it could be safe for animals, new food could be upsetting to their tummies.”
The Humane Society recommends a few dog-friendly recipes you can try this holiday season.
Ausmann also says that if you are having a small gathering at your home, if your pets are not familiar with the visitors, be sure to give them a comfortable space as to not feel overwhelmed.
“If you are welcoming people into your homes this time of year that are not normally there, make sure your pets feel safe,” said Ausmann. “Give them a quiet place to go. For us, we always like putting on some music for our pets. Make sure they have their favorite toys, their favorite snacks, and of course plenty of water.”
Some seasonal plants around the home can also be poisonous to pets. Those include:
- Autumn crocus