While we’re in the month of feeling Thankful, none of us are about to leave our pets out. We love them, we’re thankful for them, we want to spoil them, right?
Here are the Thanksgiving specific rules to follow to keep your pet safe this holiday season! (And a few ways to spoil them!)
-Fatty foods are hard for pets to digest, including turkey and turkey skin. Fatty foods can cause pancreatitis. Other toxic foods are onions, garlic, raisins, grapes This includes the trash! Keep an eye on pets in the kitchen (counter surfers, here’s looking at you!) and keep the trash behind a closed door for the holiday. If you do want to give your pet a bite of turkey, make sure it is cooked well and boneless.
-Bones are dangerous for pets. It’s common to think that giving a dog a bone at the holidays is harmless, but cooked bones splinter easily and can cause a lot of damage internally. In addition to the bones, keep all string, bags and packaging away from pets.
-Keep pets away from the desserts! Sweeteners and chocolate (especially dark) can be toxic for pets.
-Yeast dough is also harmful for your furry family members. It can cause painful gas and potentially deadly bloating.
-Certain decorative plants can be toxic to cats and dogs. Even if a plant isn’t toxic, it’s best to keep pets away. Munching on unusual plants can cause digestive upset.
It’s important to remember that having visitors over can be overwhelming. Even if your pets are familiar with all of your guests, the number of guests can be overwhelming. Especially if there are children and unfamiliar volumes.
Make sure your pets all have a safe place they can access while visitors are around. It’s important for them to be able to choose to escape the crazy if they need to, and not force them into the chaos if they don’t want to interact.
Make sure if your pet is anxious, that they also have a favorite toy or blanket or interactive toy or feeder to keep them busy and content.
Keep an eye on the doors. Pets that get stressed, may bolt through an open doorway. Also, make sure visitors know the rules. Whether it’s keeping indoor cats indoors, or dogs that need supervision outside.
If your pet does get out when they shouldn’t be out, make sure they are up to date on vaccines and that their identification (collar and/or microchip) is up to date. Even a current rabies tag on a collar can reunite you with your pet, provided all your information is up to date.
Be mindful of holiday decor. Plastic decorations, lit candles- make sure your house is pet-proofed!
If You’re Travelling
If you’re traveling internationally or flying, you’ll need paperwork. Make sure to contact your veterinarian and do your research to make sure that you’ve got your bases covered. Different airlines require different things, so make sure you’ve got your i’s dotted and t’s crossed.
Don’t leave your pet in the car. Regardless of temperature.
When driving, make sure your pet is properly restrained. Whether by crate or pet seat belt, proper precautions can save your pets life if in an accident and can prevent injury if you need to brake or swerve suddenly. This will also help keep the driver safe as pets can be an unnecessary distraction while driving.
Make sure to pack for your pet. Food, water and comfort items as well as toys. Bring any medications and have a copy of your pets medical records with you in case something were to happen and you needed to visit another vet. It’s also a good idea to have a pet first aid kit.
If you’re going to board your dog while you travel, make sure to discuss with your veterinarian which vaccines are appropriate to protect against common illnesses found in kennels and boarding facilities. Make sure you have everything your boarding facility needs. Some require a negative fecal test, others require certain vaccines.
If you want to include your pet in the holiday, make them a special treat! There are a variety of homemade dog treat recipes online!