Have you started your holiday shopping? Finding an ideal gift is the perfect way to show your friends and family that you care. But perhaps you’re leaving someone out?
Don’t forget that one family member who is always happy to see you and is always there when you’re down. That’s right — your pets also deserve some love this holiday season. Here are 12 gift ideas for the pet (or pet owner) in your life.
The holidays can be a joyous time for humans, but we must be careful about our furry friends. There are lots of hazards that can put us on a trip to the animal ER. Here are some tips to keep your pets safe while you enjoy the reason for the season.
Let’s talk turkey
As much as you may want your pet to share in the feast, be careful. Veterinarians see a surge of visits during this time as people feed their pets unsafe foods.
This doesn’t mean you need to leave your little family member out. Turkey is safe to eat if it’s prepared without seasoning or butter and is served in moderation. You can always set aside some plain turkey meat for your pet before drowning yours in all the trimmings you love.
Take it easy on the salt and remove the skin, which contains high-fat levels. Also, remove all bones.
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Which sides are OK?
Stuffing is often filled with fat, garlic, onions and scallops, which are bad for dogs and cats. The same goes for gravy.
Here’s a list of sides that are OK to feed your furry friends (take your pet’s size into consideration and always feed in moderation):
- Potatoes: Boiled, baked or sweet, these are OK. Leave out the salt, pepper, chives and sour cream and serve them plain.
- Vegetables: Cooked or steamed peas, carrots, green beans, corn (off the cob) and celery are easy to eat and good for your pet’s digestion. Leave out the salt.
- Pumpkin: Your dog or cat can enjoy this holiday staple prepared with no extra ingredients. It’s good for their stomach, but watch out for the spiced variety that comes in cans.
- Fruit: Raw or cooked cranberries you prepared yourself are OK, but avoid the stuff in the …….