5 Tips To Avoid a Visit to the Vet on Thanksgiving

It’s the time of year filled with family traditions.  But Pancreatitis SPIKES in our pets during Thanksgiving.  As you're preparing for your Thanksgiving feast, we know it's hard to resist loading up Fido and Boots with all of your rich, tasty Thanksgiving food. Bud did you know that Pancreatitis flare-ups during the holidays have more to do with overfeeding than feeding the wrong food?  Just a taste is fine. Feeding whole extra meals to the dog and cat is not fine, but easy to do when we want to include our pets in Thanksgiving and feeding them from our table.

SO what can you do to make your pets a part of Thanksgiving while keeping them safe?

Carl from New York is getting ready for an Evanger's Thanksgiving Feast with his human family

Here are five tips on how to involve dogs and cats in all of the Thanksgiving holiday fun activities, while keeping them safe. 

1) When Friends & Family Arrive
If you have guests coming for Thanksgiving dinner, you’ll need to prevent your pets from escaping as people come into and out of your house. Make sure your pets are safe and away from the door when people arrive. 

2) Separating Pets & Children 
Since pets and children don’t always mix well without supervision, it’s best to keep them separated. If your cat or dog has a scratching, clawing, nipping, biting or mouthing issue, avoid situations where they may become stressed or anxious. 

3) Creating A "Pets Only" Zone
It’s unfair to expect dogs and cats to be on their best behaviors with strangers and numerous people coming into their territory. It’s also not the best time to practice training them on skills they haven’t yet mastered. Create a stress-free, peaceful area for your pets and ask your guests not to disturb their privacy unless you first give them permission. It’s a safer situation for your pets and your guests.

4) Making Your Pets’ Quiet Area Comfortable
Provide your pets with familiar, comfortable essentials like a bed, favorite toys and sound from a radio or television to keep other noises minimal. As a special Thanksgiving treat, consider giving your dog a Kong filled with peanut butter, Evanger’s Grain Free Game Meat, or Evanger’s Grain Free Sweet Potato (frozen) to keep him occupied. Be sure to provide dogs with potty breaks and cats with a litter box. And reward both cats and dogs with a few of their favorite treatsespecially since your house will be filled with the aroma of delicious foods!  

5) Feeding Your Pets
No doubt your dog or cat will eventually beg for bites of your Thanksgiving dinner. While certain Thanksgiving foods are typically safe for petsboneless turkey, sweet potatoes, carrots, green beans, apples, rice, peas, squash and pumpkinthey aren’t if they’re prepared with certain ingredients. 

Among these potentially harmful ingredients are herbs, onions, garlic, raisins, walnuts, macadamia nuts, mushrooms, raw bread dough and sweets. Foods with these ingredients can potentially cause an upset stomach leading to vomiting and diarrhea. 

There’s really no need to feed your dog or cat human foods on this holiday thanks to Evanger’s Dog & Cat Foods variety of canned and dry pet foods reflecting a typical Thanksgiving menu! Options include the Organic Turkey with Potato & Carrots DinnerSlow Cooked Turkey Stew that’s simmered in gravy: hand-packed Evanger’s Chunky Chicken Casserole with market-fresh carrots, peas, apples and potatoes; and Grain Free Chicken with Sweet Potato & Pumpkin. Cats will also delight in Evanger’s Organic Turkey and Butternut Squash Dinner or Evanger’s Signature Series slow cooked Turkey Stew.

By following these tips, you should be able to create a safe and delicious Thanksgiving Holiday with your friends, two-legged family members and four-legged family members!

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