Thanksgiving Pet Safety
Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and pets but it comes with some dangers for our best friends. It’s a good time to review the basics.
- People will be going in and out of your home so be certain your pet doesn’t escape. Have their ID tags up-to-date and be sure they are microchipped.
- Keep the people food away from your pet. A lot of holiday food is fatty (butter, bacon, gravy) and can make your dog or cat ill. Fatty food can cause pancreatitis up to 4 days after they ingest it. Pancreatitis is very serious and can be fatal.
- Supervise kids around your pets. Nobody likes tail pulling!
- Don’t leave the trash unattended or open.
- Review the foods that are poisonous to dogs and cats. For example raisins, currants, grapes, chocolate, and xylitol (see link at the end of article).
- Don’t feed your pets any desserts.
Include your pets in the festivities with these ideas:
- Take a walk or two with guests and your dog. It’s a holiday loaded with calories, walking will help burn them off.
- Enlist your guests to play a few indoor games with your cat. Toss a ball in the backyard for your dog.
- If you want to share pieces of your meal, try plain turkey, a bit of sweet potato, carrots, or green beans mixed in with their regular dinner. Best with no seasonings.
Here’s to a pawsitively perfect Thanksgiving for every one of your guests!
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