Your pet is a huge part of your life, so it’s natural to want to include them in all things familial and festive – and Thanksgiving is no exception. However, just make sure Thanksgiving pet safety measures are incorporated into your holiday agenda.
Your Pet’s Needs
If you’re hosting this year, chances are, your pet has been observing all the extra household activity and looking forward to the results with relish. Fortunately, you can make some wonderful additions to your pet’s plate (provided they’re of the basic, plain-Jane variety). Consider offering your pet the following:
There’s nothing quite like the pumpkin. The ubiquitous orange globe seems to be our universal symbol for all things fall, and its likeness appears practically everywhere you turn these days, including as an ingredient in almost any type of food or beverage you can think of.
Here at Vaughn Road Veterinary Clinic, we don’t think the family pet should be left out of the pumpkin fun. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite pumpkin recipes for pets, as well as some other ways you and your furry friends can enjoy the bounty of fall.
Health Benefits of Pumpkins
Canned, roasted, boiled, or shredded; any way you slice it, fall’s signature squash is packed full of vitamins and minerals. Besides being a wonderful digestive aid for dogs and cats (the fiber and moisture in pumpkin helps with both constipation and diarrhea), pumpkins are rich in essential nutrients, such as vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, and beta-carotene.
Along with numerous health benefits, pumpkins are also low-calorie and inexpensive, making them the perfect addition to your pet’s healthy diet.