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Monday November 23, 2015

Invite Your Pet to Thanksgiving Dinner

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Thanksgiving isn't just about giving thanks—it's also about eating!

Your pet can be included in your tummy-filling feast, but be careful he or she doesn't eat something that could be harmful, such as sweets. We see a significant spike in claims for chocolate/candy ingestion during the holiday season.*

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Foods to Avoid

Never offer your pet raw or undercooked turkey, onions, garlic, fatty foods or real bones, which can splinter and cause choking or injury. Raisins, chocolate, and desserts or candy sweetened with Xylitol are also toxic for pets. See why chocolate is so dangerous for pets.

Foods to Enjoy

Serve your pet a healthy Thanksgiving dinner with bits of white turkey without the skin. Small pieces of raw carrots, cut up green beans and mashed sweet potatoes with no butter or salt are also safe options for your pet. Get the full list safe fruits and veggies you can add to your pet’s holiday plate.

Simple Homemade Treats

While you’re cooking your Thanksgiving sides, whip up a batch of homemade cat snacks or tasty dog treats. These pet recipes are easy to make with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. If you don’t have time, pick up a special treat at the store. Just don’t go overboard, since too many treats can lead to stomach upset or obesity.


Reminder: Treats such as these should not make up more than 10% of a pet’s caloric intake.
* Source: Internal Claims Data, 2009-14

Thursday November 12, 2015

5 Thanksgiving Safety Tips for Pets


It’s a great time of year to celebrate with family members—and that includes those of the four-legged variety. Here are some tips to help make sure your celebrations are safe for your pet.

1. Check your decorations.

It’s fun to decorate for the holidays, but try to make them as safe as possible. For instance, if you’re hanging lights, tape down any wires that might be tripped over or chewed on and use battery powered candles rather than the real thing.

2. Offer pet safe food.

Your pet can join the feast, but be sure you only offer pet safe foods. Mashed sweet potato or skinless turkey meat are good choices. Browse this blog for some yummy pet recipe ideas!

3. Watch those bones.

Never give your pet real turkey or chicken bones. Your pet could choke on them or they could splinter apart and injure your pet’s mouth.

4. Keep chocolate out of paw’s reach.

This goes for chocolate bars and candies as well as desserts that contain cocoa, like brownies or chocolate cake. Keep in mind that goodies sweetened with Xylitol can also be harmful to pets. 

5. Set up a peaceful retreat.

If the festivities are at your house, give your pet a cozy place to get away and rest. Put a favorite blanket in a room with some water and a few toys so your pet will be comfortable there.

It can also be a good idea to have your pet stay in that room while groups of guests are coming or going. Pets can get stepped on during the commotion or scoot out the door unexpectedly.

Pin our Thanksgiving Safety Tips infographic to Pinterest for easy reference!

Thanksgiving day pet safety tips

Monday December 1, 2014

A Pup's Turkey Feast


Cook up a special Thanksgiving dinner for your dog with this simple and healthy recipe. It's a great way to use up leftovers too!

1 ½lb. cut up turkey (no bones or skin)
½ lb. cooked sweet potatoes, diced
½ c. cooked oatmeal
1 T. cranberry sauce

Mix all of the ingredients together and portion out at dinnertime. Store the
remainder in the refrigerator for a future meal.

Monday November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving Safety


As you plan your family’s Thanksgiving menu, keep in mind what to leave off your pet’s plate. Here are 5 expensive examples of commonly swallowed objects.+

Swallowed Object Approx. Claim Amount
Turkey Bones $2,600
Cornhusk $4,500
Plastic Baggie $4,800
Ribbon $4,270
Almonds $4,570

We’re thankful we could help these pets get the care they needed. Visit 101 Things You Didn’t Know Could Harm Your Pet for more holiday safety tips.

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