Crazy that Thanksgiving is tomorrow! We can feel it in the atmosphere: the holiday cheer is building. We will soon be swamped in holiday festivities, carried from gathering to gathering like tinsel dust in the wind, until we’re weak in the knees and exhausted. We know the holidays are coming, but we never seem to be prepared. The holiday cheer is fun, but the season is a double-edged sword, full of good cheer but also terribly stressful. Whether or not we realize it, one of the ways we get through the holidays is by relying on our pets to destress us.
After all, pets improve mood and health and can help us deal with depression and anxiety as Helpguide.org, a trusted non-profit guide to mental health and well-being, reports.
“Playing with a dog or cat can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine, which calm and relax.”
The simple truth is that our pets hold us together when times are tough and we should give thanks for all that they do. That’s what Monique Balas of Oregon Live believes and, with the help of DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital, has listed ways that we can thank our beloved furry friends.
She writes, “Don’t share human food with pets. It may be the season of sharing, but that doesn’t include the food on your Thanksgiving plate. Fatty meats, turkey carcasses, gravies and baked items can cause problems ranging from mild gastrointestinal issues to severe pancreatitis and even potentially life-threatening obstructions. Want a healthy way for your pet to partake? Just add a teaspoon of plain white turkey meat or broth to your pet’s regular food.”
Of course it all starts and ends with food! It is Thanksgiving after all! Our pets love food and a tasty snack every now and again, and it is a great way to say thank you. We just have to be mindful of what we actually give them. Remember that our furry friends are sensitive to certain foods, so we don’t want to give them anything that will hurt them. This Thanksgiving, give a little something extra to your pets.