Ah, Thanksgiving! That wonderful, comforting holiday that brings friends and family together to enjoy a home-cooked feast. If you’re not careful, though, your pet could run into trouble.
- Human food should be kept on the table. It might be tempting to slip your pooch or kitty a bit of stuffing or pie under the table, but this is incredibly dangerous. Many foods are toxic to animals, and nailing down every ingredient in something can be difficult. Don’t take any chances!
- Keep the trash where your pet can’t get to it. With so many people visiting, the trash is bound to pile up. Don’t leave a trash bag sitting out in the middle of the kitchen, however, even if it makes things easier.
- Give them their own Thanksgiving feast. We know it’s disappointing. You want your pet to be a part of the fun (they’re family, after all), but how can you do that if so many things associated with the holiday can hurt them? Don’t worry – putting together a special meal for your pet is very possible. For dogs, a bit of turkey (without any fat, bones, or seasoning attached) and/or some plain, unbuttered vegetables (like green beans) work fine. Or, to play it completely safe, look into pet snacks with flavors that fit the Thanksgiving theme. If you think your pet got something they shouldn’t have, contact your vet or local emergency clinic immediately.
- Pay attention to doors. If you have an escape artist on your hands, they could slip out every time somebody comes and goes. You don’t have to be paranoid but keep an eye out.
- Know how your pet handles strangers or chaotic events. Are they afraid of your cousin’s children? Are you inviting people they’ve never met? Do they hide when things get too noisy? Give them a safe place to go to while Thanksgiving dinner takes place.
With just a little forethought, both you and your pet can enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving day!
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