Keeping your pet safe during Thanksgiving is essential because the holiday often involves many potential hazards for them. We all want to share our holiday with our pet loved ones but we have to ensure their safety while doing so.
I like to look at keeping the holidays fun for my fur babies even in the midst of the chaos of the holidays!
Tip #1 - Just because you think the food is good doesn't mean its good for your pets!
Many Thanksgiving dishes are harmful to pets. Never give your pet turkey bones, alcohol, chocolate, grapes, raisins, onions, garlic, or anything sweetened with xylitol, as these can be toxic to them. Turkey meat, in moderation and without seasoning, can be safe for most pets.
Tip #2 - Make sure the guests follow the rules - no feeding the fur baby!
Inform your guests about your pet's dietary restrictions and ask them not to feed your pet any human food. Some people may not be aware of the dangers, so it's essential to communicate this clearly.
""Seasonings may enhance flavor for us humans, but they can be harmful to our pets," says Dr. Perez-Camargo of Freshpet, a fresh pet food company. "Seasonings and ingredients such as garlic, onion, leeks, and chive are favorites for the holiday, but are dangerous, and even toxic to cats and dogs."
Tip #3 - Decorations are cute but keep them out of reach
Keep decorations and table centerpieces out of reach of your pet. Pets may be curious and could knock over or ingest decorations, leading to choking or intestinal blockages.
Tip #4 - We all need some quiet time
If your pet is not used to a lot of people, monitor their interactions with guests. Some pets can become anxious or agitated in such situations. Provide a quiet space for your pet to retreat to if they become overwhelmed by the noise and activity. Some pets may find the holiday commotion stressful.
Tip #5 - Be prepared for anything
Pets are very curious a tiny slip up can lead to a mishap. Try to monitor them closely during this time. In case of an emergency, have the contact information for a nearby emergency veterinarian readily available.
Have fun for the holidays but always remember the fur babies!
Remember that every pet is unique, and what works for one might not work for another. Pay attention to your pet's behavior and well-being, and adjust your plans accordingly to ensure a safe and happy Thanksgiving for your furry friend.