There is a lot of excitement in the air as we ready ourselves for another Holiday Season. You may be traveling to visit family and friends, or they may be coming to see you. Amid the hustle and bustle of it all we just want to remind you that it isn't business as usual for your pet either. A little bit of preparation could mean the difference between a Happy Thanksgiving or an avoidable tragedy.
Everyone knows that dogs don't always make great culinary choices, so it is our responsibility to do it for them. Holidays bring lots of rich foods, as well as lots of bowls of snacks sitting around on coffee and end tables. We all also have that one family member who insists that "a little bit won't hurt them" and is most likely going to sneak them a bite or two of a no-no food when you aren't looking. We have a great story about our Boston Terrier Abby, who earned the nickname "Cheese-It" when at a gathering at our house our guest asked, "Is she supposed to be doing that?". We looked and were appalled that she was nose deep in a snack bowl of the crackers, eating as fast as she could, knowing that she was in trouble for doing it but having no regrets either. She had never done anything like that before, but for some reason dogs seem to get a new sense of ambition when there are people around that don't know the rules. There is no reason why you can't gently remind your guests of the rules for the dog and perhaps even mention if your furbaby has tummy issues that could be triggered by a well -meaning mouthful of yummy.
If you have a dog that tends to table-surf, we would recommend giving your dog the day off in a quiet room or you will need to be vigilant and hire the kids or another couple of people to help you keep an eye out. You can't be everywhere at once, especially if alcohol is served. Dogs can be poisoned easily by unattended drinks and you and your dog's day can be quickly ruined by a trip to the emergency vet.
Remember that a dog's digestive tract is sensitive to a lot of things, so giving them lots of table scraps could end up with a sick pup. Most holiday meals are loaded with butter, onions, garlic, raisins, yeast and wheat, none of which are good for dogs. You could have a dog that would either be throwing up or having diarrhea, neither one feels good. A bit of Pepto could help if this happens, but avoiding the situations would be better altogether. If you want to share some of your holiday meal with the family dog, then cut up a small amount of turkey and put it on their regular food with a few (not much!) dribbles of gravy. As for dessert, avoid giving them human treats. Of course, we here at Mooch's Munchies offer great treats for dogs and even have come up with a Pupkin Pie option that lets them have a healthy slice along with the family. Whatever you choose to share with your pets, make sure it will be a treat and not a trick.
One last thing to watch out for is escape artists! Lots of people coming and going may not get the door closed as quickly as necessary. Does your dog like to explore the neighborhood unattended? They might easily escape undetected and get lost. Make sure that your dog has their collar and tags on if they don't wear them daily. It could help them find their way home again.
All of these things are important to make sure that everyone enjoys their day. We here at Mooch's Munchies hope you all have a fabulous Thanksgiving.
Love and cookies,
Kellie the cookie lady