As we prepare our favorite holiday delectables and wrap up last minute shopping, let’s not forget the four-legged members of our family. The season holds many temptations for them too, and while Diane Dewberry of Healthy Animal says it’s ok for pets to share holiday foods, it’s important to be careful. Diane says roast veggies like sweet potatoes and squash are fine as long as they are served plain, (a little olive oil is fine) and green beans with almonds are also great. I have to say, my aunt’s dog Buddy was a green bean fiend, eating half a box of thawed frozen beans nightly! Wondering about the roast? Diane says lean meats and poultry are good, but to be cautious about organ meat as some dogs may get diarrhea. Even more important, she notes, is to avoid cooked fats (including chicken or turkey skin) and cooked bones; the latter can splinter and pose a choking hazard. With more than twenty five years experience working with animals, Diane has seen all kinds of holiday and everyday pet ‘adventures,’ and she and her staff can make great recommendations about food, products and care for your special friends.
Of course, there’s always the option of stopping by the Healthy Animal for holiday treats specifically for Fido. Diane has a fabulous selection of canine “Christmas cookies” shaped like mittens, stockings and gingerbread men, and they’re decorated just as beautifully as the human variety! Choices abound at her treat bar, where penny candy style jars hold confections made from duck, bison and deer, in addition to perennial favorites like marrow bones and pig’s ears. Never fear, there are plenty of options for Fluffy too, such as salmon jerky or kitty-sized bonito flakes. Diane’s products are always all natural and made in the USA, which are huge pluses for pets and their humans. While you’re there, you can pick up a new collar, toy or bed for your pet, or bring them along to let them pick. Diane and her own dog welcome pets in the store, at the holidays or any time of year.
808 Washington Street (Rt. 53)
Pembroke, Massachusetts 02359