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Your Pets Thanksgiving Feast
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Your Pet’s Thanksgiving Feast

by PetFirst Pet Insurance
1 year ago

Thanksgiving is a day to cherish time with your family – and enjoy a huge feast of course. Our pets are a huge part of our family and, as such, many pet parents enjoy sharing the Thanksgiving feast (generally with their dog as cats do ‘their own thing’). 

Unfortunately, not everything on our plate can go on our dog’s plate. There are certain ingredients in the food we’re likely eating that is harmful to our dog. To ensure your dog has the healthiest, most delicious feast along with you, you can make her a plate yourself while you are grabbing yours. 

What’s Healthy?

Okay, so now we are going to put your dog’s Thanksgiving plate together. Don’t worry, it’s not as complicated as it may sound. 

Turkey is perfectly acceptable to feed your dog in a moderate amount. That’s fantastic because of course that’s the main dish for our feast! Grab her the least fatty portion of the turkey (it’s usually the top, middle portion). As far as the gravy goes, you shouldn’t put our kind of gravy on your dog’s plate. Thankfully, there are a bunch of different types of gravy at the pet store you can grab! Or, simply use the ‘juices/gravy’ from your dog’s canned dog food. 

Not everyone has sweet potatoes with their Thanksgiving meal, but if you do, these are high in fiber and beta-carotene. Before adding any spices, grab a small handful for your dog (of course base this on your dog’s size). Now, for another side. Carrots. First, we want to outline carrots are high in sugar (wouldn’t have guessed, right?), so if your dog is diabetic, carrots are not for them. For other dogs, carrots are a low-calorie, high-fiber addition the plate. 

Finally, pumpkin. You may or may not be including this in your fall feast. But, even if you only grab some for your dog, it’s well worth it. Pumpkin helps regulate your dog’s digestive tract and can be steamed or baked. Be sure not to grab the canned pumpkin; it has spices and preservatives your pup can’t have. Plus, the pumpkin on the dish can settle your dog’s tummy. If she’s enjoying her feast with an upset stomach due to anxiety, pumpkin may help reduce the ‘yucky tummy’ feeling.  

The ‘No-No’ Foods

There are several foods that are extremely harmful to dogs we generally have at Thanksgiving dinner. Be sure your dog doesn’t get his paws on any of the following: 

  • Alcohol 
  • Chocolate 
  • Raisins 
  • Onions 
  • Cooked bones 
  • Nutmeg 

If your dog does grab ahold of one the above, pay close attention to him as he may require a vet visit.  

If you suspect that your pet has eaten something dangerous, don’t wait until the holiday is over to take care of things — call a clinic now. You can contact your local vet’s office if they have an emergency clinic, or get in touch with the  Animal Poison Control Center at (855-764-7661) immediately. Let them know what your pet has eaten, how much and when.

Enjoy the Holidays and Keep Your Pet Safe

Here at PetFirst1, we know accidents and illnesses can happen to all pets. PetFirst Pet Insurancecan help cover unexpected vet visits2 and can provide peace of mind. PetFirst Pet Insurance1 has cat and dog insurance policies2 to fit every budget. Consider getting pet insurance for your furry friend today.

Now, time to enjoy the feast! Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at PetFirstP.S.- Don’t forget to ask your guests not to share their scraps because you already have something special planned. 


 1PetFirst Healthcare, LLC (“PetFirst Pet Insurance” or “PetFirst”) is the program administrator authorized to offer and administer pet health insurance policies underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company, a Delaware insurance company, with its main office at 485 Madison Avenue, NY, NY 10022, or New Hampshire Insurance Company or The Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania, each with its main administrative office at 500 West Madison Street, Suite 3000 Chicago, IL 60661. For costs, complete details of coverage, and a listing of approved states, please contact PetFirst Healthcare, LLC.  

2Like most insurance policies, insurance policies offered by PetFirst Healthcare, LLC contain certain exclusions, exceptions, reductions, limitations, and terms for keeping them in force.  

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