As you gather with friends and family for Thanksgiving, keep these pet safety tips in mind. Take a few minutes to ensure your home is ready for guests and your pets. Knowing you’ve taken a few steps to make Thanksgiving safe will put your mind at ease so you can fully enjoy the day! Most dog owners know what to do to keep their dog from eating something their not allowed to but other family members may not know better and slip your dog some pie under the table. Here are some Thanksgiving pet safety tips.
Thanksgiving Pet Safety Tips
Overindulging in the family feast can be unhealthy for humans, but even worse for pets: Fatty foods are hard for animals to digest. Poultry bones can damage your pet’s digestive tract. And holiday sweets can contain ingredients that are poisonous to pets.
Keep the feast on the table—Fatty foods are hard for animals to digest, and many foods that are healthy for people are poisonous to pets – including onions, raisins and grapes. If you want to share a Thanksgiving treat with your pet, make or buy a treat that is made just for them.
No pie or other desserts for your pooch. Chocolate can be harmful for pets, even though many dogs find it tempting and will sniff it out and eat it. The artificial sweetener called xylitol – commonly used in gum and sugar-free baked goods – also can be deadly if consumed by dogs or cats.
Yeast dough can cause problems for pets
Put the trash away where your pets can’t find it. Dispose of turkey carcasses and bones – and anything used to wrap or tie the meat, such as strings, bags and packaging – in a covered, tightly secured trash bag placed in a closed trash container outdoors (or behind a closed, locked door).
Be careful with decorative plants. Don’t forget that some flowers and festive plants can be toxic to pets. These include amaryllis, Baby’s Breath, Sweet William, some ferns, hydrangeas and more. The ASPCA offers lists of plants that are toxic to both dogs and cats, but the safest route is simply to keep your pets away from all plants and table decorations.
Both dogs and cats can become shy, nervous, or overly excited when you have a full house, especially if they have never met your guests before. If your pal seems anxious, try putting them in a quiet room away from the action with a favorite toy and plenty of fresh water.
You should also take care to watch the door when guests are coming and going. Excitable pets, even those who are typically well behaved, may try to make a break for it. Now is a good time to make sure your dog or cat has their proper ID with updated contact information. You may even want to consider a microchip just in case.
Be the “Treat Police”
Guests may not know which Thanksgiving foods are good for pets and which Thanksgiving favorites are bad. Keep your pet safe by asking everyone not to feed your pet any table scraps, no matter how cute their adorable begging face may be. Don’t be afraid to be the “treat police” and say no to guests who want to be generous.
Traveling With Pets
Whether or not you should travel with your pet is a big decision and one that depends on a lot of factors, such as your means of travel, where you’ll be staying, and how well your dog or cat copes with new environments.
If you’ll be crossing state or international borders, research what requirements are involved. You may need a health certificate from your veterinarian. If you’re going by car, remember to restrain your pal with a harness or carrier safely.
Consult your veterinarian first if you’re considering air travel. Wherever you go, take a copy of your pet’s medical records and make sure they have proper identification.
Know the Signs
Despite all the planning that goes into hosting a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner, sometimes your dog or cat eats something it shouldn’t. Keep an eye out for these common symptoms that all is not right: vomiting or diarrhea, excessive drooling, irregular heartbeat, lethargy or trouble getting up, seizures or tremors, or a bloated or distended belly.
Be Prepared for Emergencies
Many local vet offices are closed on Thanksgiving. It is always a good idea to plan ahead should an emergency arise. Know where the closest emergency vet clinic is located. Keep their information in a safe spot to ensure a scary situation is easier to handle.
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