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As we've tried to stress this past week, Thanksgiving dinner is NOT a good idea for your dog.  We've seen multiple postings on our Facebook page about people's experience with pancreatitis, choking on turkey bones and other sad stories.  So our point is please do NOT overfeed your dog this Thanksgiving.  Below is a list of foods that are safe IN MODERATION for dogs and the portion sizes they should be fed.  Lastly, their is a safe Thanksgiving cake that can be made and fed to your dogs as their dessert, again in moderation.

Thanksgiving foods that are safe for your dogs include:

  • Cooked boneless turkey
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Plain Sweet Potato

Portion sizes of the above foods should NOT exceed:

  • Small dogs - 3/4 cup
  • Medium dogs - 1 1/2 cups
  • Larger dogs - 2 1/2 cups

Please do not feed your dog (or any dish containing a good deal of fat)

  • Turkey bones (raw or cooked)
  • Gravy
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Any type of pie

And finally, here's the dessert recipe you can make that your dog can enjoy while you indulge on pie:

Sweet potato (please don't call it "pound";-) cake

  • 2c cooked, cooled, mashed sweet potato
  • 1tsp vanilla
  • 1/2c honey
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2c vegetable shortening
  • 3c flour
  • 2tsp baking powder
  • 1/2tsp baking soda
  • 2tsp cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350.  Grease a 10" tube pan.  In a large bowl, beat sweet potatoes, vanilla and honey.  Add eggs 1 at a time, beating 1 minute each egg.  Add shortening and beat until well combined.  In another bowl, mix flour baking powder, soda, and cinnamon.  Slowly add flour mixture to sweet potato mix, beating on slow speed until combined.  Pour batter into prepared pan.  Bake for 60-70 minutes.  Cool cake and serve in thin slices.

We wish your family a safe a Happy Thanksgiving!  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to call us at 614-527-3799 or use our contact form to jot us a note.

 

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Okay, so maybe Thanksgiving isn't necessarily for the dogs, but why shouldn't it be?  We know plenty of families out there that are certainly thankful for their four-legged companions.  So let's talk about making Thanksgiving fun for your dog as well as your family.

Thanksgiving Feast

Dogs will beg for anything that you will give them and they will positively drool at the sight of your plate full of gravy, stuffing and mashed potatoes.  However, a fatty meal of these "human foods" will wreck havoc on their digestive system and you will both feel badly later that you gave your pup foods he should not eat.  So instead, indulge your pet wisely.  Give him some bits of turkey without the gravy.  Give him some mashed sweet potato without the butter or marshmellows.  Let him try a small bit of cranberry sauce to see if he likes it.  You may feel like you're holding back, but if your dog has a steady diet of kibble, these healthy Thanksgiving Day treats will be heaven that won't upset his stomach later.

For dessert, remember that dogs love apples.  Instead of a fatty piece of apple pie, slice a few apples up for your dogs bowl and watch them enjoy.

One more important reminder: NEVER give your dog turkey (or chicken for that matter) bones.  These bones are too small and fragile for a dogs strong mouth.  Inform everyone in the house that no bones should be giving to the family pet.

Kitchens

Keep an eye on your pet in the kitchen. Great food smells will draw both man and dog to the kitchen. Make sure not to put hot dishes near the edge of counters so as not to tempt your pets. This will avoid ruined dinners and possible burns from scalding juices or sauces.

Visitors

If you are having visitors for Thanksgiving, upon their arrival introduce them to your pet and inform them of his routines and special quirks.  This should help avoid any unnecessary mishaps. Also, be aware of children running around the house. Make sure they are aware of pet safety rules and know how to play nice with your pets. Even the nicest of dogs can bite or scratch if they are excited or surprised. If you are the visitors, ask permission before bringing your pets along with you and have a plan ready upon your arrival.

Before your meal, let your guests know the policy on feeding Fido.  If the rules are set up ahead of time, there should be no issue.  If you don't have a policy of feeding your dog at the table, pre-make a special plate for your pup.  Allow guests to pass the plate and feed your dog what is there.  Once it's gone there are no seconds for Fido and everyone will have had their fun.

In Summary

We hope your two and four-legged family have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving!  If you have any questions, please contact us at 614-527-3799 or use our contact form to e-mail us questions.

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Because most of us will be Trick-or-Treating tonight, we thought it would be appropriate to pass along some great Halloween safety tips we read from www.doggonesafe.com.

Tips for Dog Owners

  • Secure your dog behind a closed door or in a crate in a room away from the front door or the party if children are meeting at your house.
  • Give him a juicy bone from the butcher, a sterilized bone or Kong stuffed with hotdog, Rollover or other soft dog treats or a pre-stuffed bone from the pet store.
  • Play music or leave a TV or radio playing in the dog’s room to help mask the sounds of the activity at the front door.
  • Close drapes so that the dog does not see people coming and going through the window.
  • If you have a dog that barks at the sound of the doorbell, disconnect it or watch for trick-or-treaters so that they do not have to ring or knock.
  • Puppies and dogs that like to chase can get overly excited by costumes with dangly bits or streaming material. Supervise very carefully if you have a dog that may try to play with your children’s costumes while they are wearing them. Teach kids to Be a Tree (hands folded in front, watching your feet) and stand still if the dog does start nipping at their costume since the more they move, the more excited the dog will get.
  • Keep your dogs (and cats) indoors around Halloween time. Pets have been stolen, injured or poisoned as part of Halloween pranks or other rituals.

Tips for Kids and Parents

  • Avoid houses if you can hear a dog barking behind the door, you can see a dog behind a screen door or you can see a dog tied up in the yard or barking behind a fence.Never approach any dog, even if you know him. He may not recognize you in your costume.
  • If any owner opens the door and there is a dog there, just stay still and wait for the dog owner to put the dog away. You can tell them you do not want to come near the dog. Do no move toward the person and dog. Wait for them to come to you to give you your candy. Wait for them to close the door before you turn and leave.
  • If a dog escapes just stand still and Be a Tree (hands folded in front, watching your feet). He will just sniff you and then move on. Wait for the owner to come and get the dog before you turn away.
  • If you meet a loose dog, Be a Tree and wait until it goes away.
  • It is best to ignore other people’s dogs on Halloween if you meet them out walking. The dog may be worried about all the strange creatures that are out and about. Even if you know the dog, he may not recognize you in your costume.

Again, thanks to the folks at www.doggonesafe.com for the great information. We hope everyone enjoys the evening with their Trick-or-Treaters.

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Bring the whole family, including those with four legs, out to Fido Fest in the Worthington Village Green today from 12-5.  Mention you saw this post at our booth and get a free gift from Steve or Pat.  The day's events can be seen above.

See how much fun we had last year...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OniSpJygCWY.

We hope to see you there!

 

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After several years of hard-work raising funds to build a dog park in Worthington, we are happy to announce that the grand opening of the Godown Dog Park is tomorrow at 9:00am.  Stop by the Woof booth this weekend for some fun events and from noon to four you can get Frosty Paws for your pup from Animal Hospital of Worthington.  And don't forget to bring your canned dog food donations for the Worthington Food Pantry to help those in need feed their pets.

You can find more info about Columbus's newest dog park on Woof's website: http://www.worthingtondogpark.com/.

We hope you have a fantastic weekend and please contact us if you have any questions at 614-527-3799.

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