With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it is important to make sure your pet is safe during the holiday season. Thanksgiving is a time to spend with family and friends, and since pets are part of our families, it is natural to want to involve them in the celebrations. Here are some Thanksgiving safety tips for your pets.
Feeding your pet before you sit down from dinner may help them to not beg for your food as much at the table. During dinner, make your pet feel involved by giving them a treat while you are eating. If you do not want your pet to be fed from the table, politely remind your guests before sitting down. If you are serving appetizers or snacks before dinner, keep an eye out for guests who may leave plates or drinks unattended. Move plates and glasses to a higher place where they cannot be easily reached by your pet.
While it is always tempting to give your pet some of the Thanksgiving feast, be careful what you feed them. Turkey is fine to give your pet but make sure there are no bones and that the piece of meat you give them is well cooked. Cooked bones are extremely dangerous for pets as they are brittle and can break easily if your pet bites them. Stuffing should also not be given to your pet because some herbs can upset their stomach. Mashed potatoes without too much spice or butter can be fine for your pet, but only in small amounts.
Following dinner, make sure your trash is secure after scraps are thrown away. Usually there is a lot of trash generated from a large Thanksgiving gathering and this may be tempting for your pet to try and get into. Once all the food scraps and bones are thrown away, take the garbage outside where your pet will not be able to access it.
If your pet is anxious around large groups and you think they will be upset during the gathering, make a comfortable space in another room, preferably away from the noise. Put your pet’s bed and toys in the room so they will feel more relaxed. If you have a cat, put their litter box in the room if it is a room where there is not one. If you have a dog, take them on a long walk before the guests arrive. Make sure your pet has food and water and check on them regularly. As the crowd thins out you can bring your pet out if you think they will not be too anxious.
Hopefully these tips will help you and your pet have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!