Give Your Pet the Turkey They Deserve

Give Your Pet the Turkey They Deserve

Thanksgiving may be one of the most difficult moments to say 'no' to your pup when he is begging. The good feelings are flowing and you are feeling extra generous. Your pet deserves a holiday feast too, right? The answer is absolutely, just not from the same holiday feast prepared for their human counterparts. Cooked turkey poses many threats to our animal companions. Cooked bone alone can splinter and cause intestinal rupture to occur, but it doesn’t stop there...

By Vikki Zimmer

Thanksgiving may be one of the most difficult moments to say 'no' to your pup when he is begging. The good feelings are flowing and you are feeling extra generous. Your pet deserves a holiday feast too, right? The answer is absolutely, just not from the same holiday feast prepared for their human counterparts. Cooked turkey poses many threats to our animal companions. Cooked bone alone can splinter and cause intestinal rupture to occur, but it doesn’t stop there...

The Dangers of Thanksgiving Food for Pets

The fat content in your holiday turkey may be your favorite part, but it could cause serious medical conditions for your companion. Pancreatitis, the inciting cause of which is an overdose of fat in the diet, is one of those conditions. Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas that disrupts its normal functions. Since the pancreas has two vital functions, the release of insulin to balance blood sugar and the secretion of digestive enzymes, you can see why this can be a serious issue. If your pet already has pancreatitis, you need to be especially careful around cooked food because feeding it could cause the symptoms to recur. Cooked food often lacks the enzymes necessary to be broken down in your pet's digestive system, which is why it shouldn't be fed to your animal regularly.

The herbs in most Thanksgiving recipes can also be harmful to pets. Rosemary, sage, nutmeg, and more have been found to increase the seizure activity for seizure-prone dogs. The threat is not any less dangerous when the herbs are diluted as the herb and its properties still surround any food that was cooking with it. But wait, there’s more: onions and any member of the onion family (chives, shallots, leeks, etc.) have been proven to be extremely fatal to dogs. Onions have been known to cause Heinz-Body anemia where the red blood cells become damaged and die off. Now name your recipes NOT containing some form of onion for Thanksgiving...

Safe Thanksgiving Treats for Dogs and Cats

Wolves and panthers are our pets' forefathers and our animals' digestive systems has not changed throughout history. Their digestive systems function the best on a raw food diet, so picking your pet up some ethically-sourced raw turkey would be more on par with the feast they deserve.

Benefits of Raw Turkey

Raw turkey with organ and bone contains vital nutrients and amino acids that your animal needs to function at his/her peak. The raw bone is more than just digestible for your pet, it is also a very nutrient-dense food. Raw bone contains marrow, which is a tasty treat and also contains fats and nutrients essential for healthy brain and gut function. Raw bones are packed full of calcium and phosphorus, both necessary ingredients in a healthy animal's diet. Large breed puppies especially need to be fed raw bone in some form to develop correctly with their special dietary needs.

Turkey Treats

At The Pet Beastro we offer many raw turkey options, from ground turkey with bone, to turkey necks. So, you can still treat your pet for Thanksgiving and give them a nutrient boost at the same time; literally 2-in-1! We also sell a selection of safe turkey treats for pets. We have many turkey snacks for your companion pets in many different forms. Our wide selection contains everything from turkey biscuits to turkey chews and single ingredient freeze-dried turkey. We have something for everyone and with new treats rolling out quite consistently, there is always something healthy and new for your pet to enjoy. Shop our online selection of turkey treats here.

Now that you are aware of the dangers Thanksgiving food poses for your pet, it is time to educate the masses, especially any friends or family that might be enjoying the feast with you. Let everyone know the “no feeding fluffy” policy and educate them as to why. For the citizens out there with untrustworthy family members that you know can’t resist your pets' best, “I’m starving” face, crate your pet for the duration of the meal. If your family members are trustworthy but your pet is not (or is just really great at begging), maybe try a time consuming chew to help keep their mouths satisfied and off the table. No one wants to miss out on Thanksgiving dinner and now no one has to!

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