Turkey Day Tummy Aches Can Cause Double the Trouble for Pet Parents

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Petplan reports that Thanksgiving weekend vet bills cost 43.3% more than the average day

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Think Thanksgiving dinner is hard to digest? It’s even worse for furry friends. A strained waistband is nothing compared to the gastrointestinal turmoil turkey and all the trimmings can cause pets. And according to Petplan pet insurance claims data, the cost to un-stuff Fluffy can be nearly double during the holiday weekend.

On an average day, Petplan policyholders spend about $428.92 on veterinary treatment for stomach upset, but over Thanksgiving weekend the same treatment soars to $614.72. Why the hefty price tag? Many vet hospitals have limited hours or close for the holiday weekend, meaning pets must visit an emergency clinic for treatment.

The good news is that preventing dinner disasters is easy: don’t feed pets from the table. Instead, take a page out of Petplan’s (veterinarian-approved!) cookbook and make a few Turkey Day treats fit for furry friends. Everything can be created with ingredients you already have on hand, and unlike table food handouts, they’re safe to offer four-legged loves.

Here's what's on the menu:

  • Pumpkin Smoothies: This creamy, two-ingredient pumpkin drink earns plenty of woofs and purrs.
  • Paws-itively Peanutty Crudités: Crispy, crunchy veggies and peanut butter (dogs’ favorite!) make a great first course.
  • Simple Sorbet: Tickle tongues between courses with this refreshing ice cube treat.
  • Roasted Turkey Medallions: Turkey, carrots and oatmeal make a delicious, protein-packed entrée.
  • Scrumptious Sweet Potato Cookies: Sweet potato and banana combine into easy-to-make, low-calorie cookies.

Whether whipping up one of the recipes or the whole menu, making pet-appropriate treats to share during Thanksgiving dinner will avert gastrointestinal disasters while still including furry friends in the fun. After all – they have a lot to be thankful for, too.

Sniff out the mouthwatering recipes – plus a game plan for preparation – at http://www.gopetplan.com/thanksgiving-treat-recipes.aspx.


Petplan is more than a pet insurance provider. We’re dedicated to providing pet parents with the support, resources and tools they need to keep their pets not just surviving—but thriving—into their old age. Simply put, we aim to be the kind of company that will make our pets proud. For the second consecutive year, Petplan was listed among the top 50 companies on Forbes' annual ranking of America’s Most Promising Companies – a list of 100 privately held, high-growth companies with bright futures. Petplan is the only pet insurance provider to have been included on Inc. Magazine’s list of 500 fastest-growing, privately held companies in America.

Petplan’s fully customizable cat and dog insurance policies provide comprehensive coverage for all hereditary and chronic conditions for the life of the pet as standard. Petplan policies are underwritten by AGCS Marine Insurance Company in the U.S. and by Allianz Global Risks US Insurance Company in Canada. The Allianz Group was rated A+ by A.M. Best in 2014. For more information about Petplan pet insurance, visit http://www.petplan.com or call 1-866-467-3875.

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