Friday, November 17, 2023

Thanksgiving holiday is coming up and we want to make sure you and your beloved pet(s) have the best time! We predict there will be many big round eyes begging for food from the table and while it can be hard to say no, it’s with their safety and wellbeing in mind.

When it comes to table scraps, the best practice is to avoid sharing any with pets. As there can be added spices or ingredients that could be harmful to them. There are some table scraps that you’ll especially want to keep away from your pet’s reach. Things like turkey bones, fatty foods, chocolate, and raisins are especially dangerous for them.

But that doesn’t mean they can’t participate in the fun! If you’d like your furry companion to enjoy a holiday treat, you can make one especially for them! Make them feel extra special and it includes all their favorites, pumpkin puree and plain yogurt! Just make sure there’s no added sugars or ingredients. Once you mix them together, pop them in the freezer, and voilà a wonderful frozen treat for them. Bonus points if you grab a silicone mold for the treat to have a fun shape. Our personal favorite is a paw shaped mold!

One of the best parts of Thanksgiving is hosting! It can be a fun night at home with all your favorite people plus your furry family members. If your pets tend to get overwhelmed or are shy around new people, create a safe and calm space for them to retreat to. Also, be sure to let your guests know that your furbaby gets easily overwhelmed and to take it slow. Let your pet approach them at their own pace. We also don’t want any pets sneaking out during the commotion. So, if you have a furry friend that tries to bolt through the door anytime it opens, keep them behind a gate or closed door while guests are entering your home. That way there’s no opportunity for them to escape!

Thanksgiving is a great holiday to get together with your loved ones and enjoy plentitudes of food! We want to ensure this holiday season is a fun and safe one for everyone involved. Keep your pet’s safety in mind when eating at the table or introducing new people. And most importantly, have a wonderful holiday season! We’re grateful for all your support and for giving your furry companion the love they deserve. Happy Holidays from all of us here at AAWL!