Thanksgiving and Your Pets

What happens when you combine a hearty menu, family and friends, and tons of fun—plus a big ole roasted turkey? Thanksgiving, of course!  While Thanksgiving is a great time to all be together indulging in turkey, stuffing, green-bean casserole, your favorite pie, etc. we also need to be mindful of our furry family members. Many of the yummy Thanksgiving foods we humans love to eat are hazardous to our pets.  

Cheryl Douglas · November 26, 2019

Thanksgiving and Your Pets

What happens when you combine a hearty menu, family and friends, and tons of fun—plus a big ole roasted turkey? Thanksgiving, of course!  While Thanksgiving is a great time to all be together indulging in turkey, stuffing, green-bean casserole, your favorite pie, etc. we also need to be mindful of our furry family members. Many of the yummy Thanksgiving foods we humans love to eat are hazardous to our pets.  

According to the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) here are some foods that you need to avoid feeding Fido:

  1. STUFFING - Thanksgiving dressing is often made with onions, scallions or garlic. These ingredients, however, are extremely toxic to dogs and cats and can cause a life-threatening anemia. 
  2. HAM - Ham and other pork products can cause pancreatitis, an upset stomach, vomiting and diarrhea. 
  3. TURKEY BONES – Cooked bones can cause severe indigestion in dogs and cats, potentially causing vomiting and obstructing the bowel. Cooked bones may splinter and cause damage to the inside of the stomach and intestines. 
  4. MASHED POTATOES - While potatoes are safe for pets to eat; mashed potatoes usually contain butter and milk, which can cause diarrhea in lactose intolerant pets. 
  5. SALADS WITH GRAPES/RAISINS - There are many salads served at Thanksgiving that include grapes or raisins as an ingredient, from Fruit salad, to Waldorf salad, to Ambrosia. However, grapes and raisins are very toxic and potentially deadly. Grapes can cause severe, irreversible and sometimes fatal kidney failure in dogs.
  6. CHOCOLATE DESSERTS - While pumpkin pie is the most famous Thanksgiving dessert (canned pumpkin also has many pet health benefits), many people offer a variety of chocolate desserts at Thanksgiving. Chocolate is toxic to dogs and cats, yet dogs love the smell and taste of it. The darker the chocolate, the more toxic it is.

If you believe your pet has been poisoned or eaten something it shouldn’t have, call your veterinarian or local veterinary emergency clinic immediately. You may also want to call the ASPCA Poison Control Hotline: 888-426-4435. Signs of pet distress include: sudden changes in behavior, depression, pain, vomiting, or diarrhea. Contact your veterinarian immediately.

The best Thanksgiving feast you can feed your fur baby is one of BARF® World’s delicious proteins. Our Juicy BARF® Diets do not require any ingredient to be added and they provide peace of mind knowing that they have been prepared with the proper blend and balance of ingredients. The BARF® Diets are AAFCO certified complete and balanced. Just thaw and serve. It's the easiest way to make sure your pets are getting what they need for a richer life.

Please feel free to contact one of our Raw Food Specialist with any questions about our BARF® diet. You can contact us by calling 1-866-282-2273 or email us @ info@barfworld.com.   

The BARF® World family would like to wish you and your family a safe and Happy Thanksgiving! 

Raw Food Tip:

There are few that would argue the advantages of supplying a raw meaty bone for recreational purposes as well. Remember – not cooked, it must be RAW! It is best to try and gauge the size of the bone to the size of the dog. A once a week treat of this nature is much better than the average allergy generating cooked biscuit treat on the market.

- Robert Mueller, Sr.

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Cheryl Douglas

Cheryl Douglas

Cheryl joined the BARF® World family in 2017. She offers strong Administrative Support to the BARF® World office, handles our Logistic needs, as well as Customer Service and Sales. She is passionate about pets; specifically rescue dogs. She is a Minnesota native and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

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