love translates to food, Americans are loving their pets
your Thanksgiving feast with Fido is fraught with danger
for you and your wallet, said veterinarian Jules Benson.
vet bills average about $620 per visit on any given day.
That increases over the Thanksgiving holiday — from
Thursday through Sunday — to over $1,500," said
Benson, vice president of Veterinary Services for
Petplan Pet Insurance.
your dog a diet rich in fat, including turkey skin and
juices, can upset an animal’s digestive system and
lead to acute pancreatitis.
see in dogs that get a very fat-rich meal that they’re
not used to, the pancreas goes into overdrive and it
basically, because the pancreas handles all the
digestive enzymes, gets inflamed and almost starts to
digest itself. It’s very, very painful and very
dangerous," Benson said.
in the extra sugar consumed over the holidays is no
better for pets than it is for people, he said.
should forget about Ebola; it’s all the sugar that we’re
eating that is killing us," Benson said.
pet parents who insist on "sharing the love"
this Thanksgiving, Petplan veterinary nutritionists have
developed a safe and healthful five-course alternative
to take the worry out of the holiday for you, your pet
and your wallet.
this month, the Beacon Journal created a Thanksgiving
feast for some four-legged friends using recipes
provided for Petplan by Dr. Ernie Ward, founder of the
Association for Pet Obesity Prevention.
and other contributing veterinarians who regularly use
the ingredients in their medical practices, tweaked them
a bit using traditional Thanksgiving fare.
guests, pack mates that walk together most mornings,
arrived for dinner wearing traditional Thanksgiving
pilgrim hats and Native American headdresses, and
quietly sat waiting for the signal to "dig
medallions (or rounds, in our case) and sweet potato
cookies quickly disappeared from plates, but pumpkin
smoothies and the peanut butter crudites were also a
Township holistic veterinarian Dr. Pamela Fisher checked
out the menu for us and gave it a thumbs up.
recipes look healthy and are a good alternative to help
avoid digestive problems. I do recommend almond butter
instead of peanut butter as a healthier
alternative," Fisher said.
plates were the best indication that the meal was an
unqualified success, accentuated only by a loud burp
from Aspen, one of two miniature schnauzers that enjoyed
the feast with our two Jack Russell terrier guests.
for the crudites and cookies, all menu items are safe
for cats, too.
hour shouldn’t be an excuse to exclude your socially
well-adjusted pet. While alcohol is a no-no, this creamy
pumpkin drink, packed with fiber and digestion-friendly
probiotics is a great ice breaker. Make ahead and
cup canned pumpkin puree
cup plain nonfat yogurt
pumpkin and yogurt in a blender and blend on high until
smooth. Evenly pour mixture into 8 small paper cups.
Either refrigerate or freeze overnight, or serve right
away. Yields: 8 servings; calories per smoothie: 13
savory hors d’oeuvres are fit for furry friends. Try
these easy ap-paw-tizers for a crispy, crunchy first
celery sticks (no longer than 4 inches)
unsalted creamy peanut butter
peanut butter onto each carrot, apple and celery stick
and arrange on a small plate. Let pets sample one of
each treat. Yields: 8 servings; calories per serving:
pets a chance to clear their palates with this
refreshing, frozen snack. Prepare the night before.
banana, carrot, apple or blueberries
(or for cats, meat broth)
tray about half full with water. Add banana, carrot,
apple or blueberries and freeze. For feline friends,
simply fill the tray with meat broth and freeze. Yields:
14 servings; calories per treat: 5-9
used turkey cutlets to avoid rich, fatty infused turkey
straight from the bird. Make ahead to create these
mouth-watering morsels and refrigerate. Reheat slightly
in microwave so pets can partake during dinner.
6 oz. white meat turkey
cup chopped carrots
cup ground quinoa or oatmeal
oven to 400 degrees. Place turkey and carrots in a food
processor and blend until smooth. Add ground quinoa or
oatmeal and blend until mixed. Roll into 1-inch balls
and place on a nonstick cooking sheet. Bake 15 minutes.
Yields: 30 servings; calories per medallion: 17
your dog’s beta carotene and give him a punch of
potassium in this alternative to sugary sweet desserts.
These cookies are a healthful coda to Thanksgiving
sweet potato cookies
large cooked sweet potato
cup quinoa flour
tablespoon vegetable oil
oven to 350 degrees. In a medium-size bowl, mix the
sweet potato and banana until well blended. Add the
vegetable oil, then mix in the quinoa flour. Drop dough
by the teaspoon onto a nonstick baking sheet and lightly
flatten each cookie. Bake for 30 minutes and let cool
8 servings; calories per cookie: 14.4