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What Thanksgiving Foods Are Okay For Dogs–And Which Are Not?
  • Caitlyn Gose

What Thanksgiving Foods Are Okay For Dogs–And Which Are Not?

Thanksgiving day is approaching us quickly in the United States! I’m sure you can hardly wait for a plate full of turkey, mashed potatoes & gravy, green bean casserole, and all the pumpkin pie you could possibly ask for.

You may even be tempted to let your furry friend in on all the good food, which is perfectly okay! You should just know which foods are safe and which are not before letting your dog in on the yummy goodness!

Keep reading below to learn what common Thanksgiving foods are safe or hazardous for your dog:

Safe Foods for Dogs on Thanksgiving

There are many foods we eat on Thanksgiving that are safe and even healthy for dogs. Let them dig in (in moderation of course)!

  • Sweet potatoes/potatoes are great options for your furry friend on Thanksgiving. Sweet potatoes are a great source of vitamins B6 and C, they are also high in dietary fiber. Potatoes should be either boiled or baked with no additional spices or toppings.
  • Turkey meat is okay for your dog to eat as long as there are no bones or skin (as the skin usually has seasonings & spices on it). Giving only the turkey meat, in moderation, is a great way to share the day with your dog.
  • Apples are a healthy Thanksgiving treat for your furry friend. They are high in vitamins A and C, as well as fiber. Make sure they are cut up into pieces and contain no seeds.
  • Fresh peas are a great option for your dog on Thanksgiving, just be sure to avoid creamed peas as they are fatty and can upset your dog’s stomach.
  • Pumpkin is a very healthy option to give your dog. It helps with their skin & coat, along with digestion. 100% canned pumpkin is best, with no additions.
  • Fresh green beans are high in fiber, manganese, and vitamins C & K, making them a good option. Make sure they are plain green beans, and contain no additional spices or butter.


These foods are all great options for your dog to eat on Thanksgiving. Just be sure that they are not overstuffing themselves or eating any foods that contain fats, seasonings, spices, or butter.

Hazardous Foods for Dogs on Thanksgiving

There are many foods that are not healthy for your dog to eat on Thanksgiving. Emergency vet visits spike during the Thanksgiving season, and you want to avoid this at all costs. Don’t let your furry friend be sick on Thanksgiving day!

  • Onions, scallions, and garlic
  • Ham
  • Stuffing
  • Turkey bones and skin
  • Yeast
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Casseroles
  • Creamed vegetables
  • Sweet desserts
  • Alcohol
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Seasonings and spices
  • Foods containing fat

If your dog eats any of these foods on Thanksgiving, make sure to keep an eye on them to make sure they’re okay. If they start seeming distant or acting differently than usual, seek medical attention quickly!

Conclusion

Overall, Thanksgiving should be a fun & exciting day for both you and your dog. Know which foods are safe for them and which are not! Their day can be filled with delicious foods (in moderation) as well, but it can also result in a vet visit if not controlled…

Make sure others know which foods are safe and which are not if you’re having guests over or are around others. Keep an eye out and make sure the day is great for you and your furry friend!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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How to Keep Your Pets Comfortable in Cold Weather
  • Caitlyn Gose

How to Keep Your Pets Comfortable in Cold Weather

As the Winter months draw nearer, it is important that you remember to keep your pets warm as well as yourself. While some pets have thicker fur and might not feel the cold, others have little to no fur and can feel very uncomfortable this time of year.

A key tip to abide by is, “If it’s too cold for you, then it’s too cold for your pet.” While you can add as many layers as you want and even throw on your warmest pair of Winter boots, your pet cannot. They need your help in order to do so. 


Pet Sweaters

The most common thing to do to keep your pets (yes, cats included) warm, is buy them a sweater. Or better yet, a coat.  Reaching for a warm, fuzzy sweater is such a comfort for us humans when we’re cold. Your pet will more than likely think the same way, especially if they go outside! 

As a bonus, you can even get your dog some booties for their paws. However, many dogs do not enjoy walking in them and would rather go without. 


Don’t Take Long Walks

Although your dog may enjoy those long Summer walks, sniffing everything in sight, taking too long of walks in the Winter is not good for their paws. 

That doesn’t mean don’t go on walks altogether, but shaving a few minutes off your daily walks when it’s cold is probably a good idea. You still want your dog to get their exercise in for the day, just make sure their paws aren’t getting too cold! 


Have Good Winter Shelter Outside

If your pet will be spending a lot of time outside in the Winter (because it is true, some pets like being in the cold) make sure they have a quality shelter that is warm and they can enter if they wish to. 

Make sure the shelter has a wind blocker, stays dry on the inside, and isn’t too big or small for your pet. Also, if you’re able to keep it off the ground and instead have it on a porch or patio, that helps it stay much warmer. 


Keep Pets Dry

After coming inside from the cold and snow, make sure your pet is dry. If not, just grab a towel and dry them off. Their fur or paws being wet can make them even colder and take them longer to warm up. 

Even having a dry spot outside that your pet can go to is a good idea. Like a spot with a tarp over it to keep the ground dry. 


Bring Pets Inside

When there are really frigid temperatures outside, bring your pets in. If not, they can be open to hypothermia and frostbite. On really cold days make sure your pet has a warm place inside to cozy up and relax, like a blanket or bed they can cuddle up on. 

Even those pets that love being outside in the cold, like Huskies, St. Bernards, and German Shepherds, can get frostbite on their paws. Keep them safe and bring them in. 


Conclusion

When Winter comes and brings its cold weather with it, it’s important to know how to keep your pet warm and comfortable. Following these tips will help you ensure that you are doing this for your pet. 

Keep in mind that whenever you think it’s too cold, so does your pet! Doing something as simple as buying them a sweater can make a world of difference to your furry friend. 

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What To Look For In A Pet Sitter
  • Caitlyn Gose

What To Look For In A Pet Sitter

When it comes to being a pet parent, going on vacations or weekend getaways can’t happen until you find someone to care for your pets. Not only do you have to find a babysitter for your kids, but you also have to find a pet-sitter that is reliable and trustworthy for your furry friend(s). 

Your pets are your babies too, make sure they are kept with a safe sitter who will care for them and give them the attention they need while you’re away. Here are some things to look for when hiring a pet sitter: 

Do They Have Experience? 

The first thing you will want to make sure of is that this person has prior experience pet-sitting. Especially if you have an anxious pet, or one that needs cared for differently than normal.  

You don’t want someone who isn’t knowledgeable with your type of pet, or someone who’s going to lose control if an accident of some sort occurs. You want someone who has a clear understanding of what to do to keep your pet safe in any given situation. 



Do They Connect With Your Pet? 

Another thing to look for is how well this person connects with your pet. Will your pet feel safe with them while you’re away? Does your pet seem fond of this person, or do they seem timid? 

You want your pet to still feel taken care of and loved while you’re away, if they don’t connect well with the sitter chances are your pet will have a very nerve wracking time waiting for you to come back. 

Your pet should enjoy being around this person and respect them enough to listen to their commands if need be. 



Will They Meet You?

If you don’t have friends/family that are willing or fit your needs as a pet-sitter, you may have to look online to find one. This can be a little scary, but there are many people who love pets and do this for a living. 

If you need to look online and find someone you think is a good match, always ask them to meet you and your pet in person. If they say yes, there is a good chance they are serious about working with you and your pet. If however, they say no… that could be a good indicator to stay away from them. If they aren’t willing to make sure they connect well with your pet, they probably aren’t a good option to choose as your pet-sitter. 

Always do your research on the possible pet-sitter, make sure they are reliable and trustworthy to work with! Will they keep in touch while you’re away? Will they follow the rules you give for the caring of your pet? Will they give your pet the attention they need? These are some questions you should ask yourself when deciding on a sitter. 



Do They Have  a Veterinarian? 

This is an important aspect when choosing a pet-sitter. Do they have a vet, or know how to get in contact with the local vet? Do they have your vet’s number, and do they know when to contact the vet in a given situation? 

You never know when an emergency could come up and your pet will need to go see a professional. If the pet-sitter isn’t prepared with the vet’s number or doesn’t know how to contact them, this could be a problem. Emergency numbers and the vet’s information should be well known and kept in sight. 



Conclusion

Choosing a pet-sitter is just as important as choosing a babysitter. Pets are part of the family too, they should be treated like it.

While you are on vacation or a weekend getaway, your pet should feel safe at home and be left with someone who cares for them. Someone who knows what to do in emergencies and connects well with them. 

Overall, it should be a great relaxing time for you and your pet! 

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