Do your pets like Thanksgiving? Many pets do! More people are around to give them attention, and all sorts of fun things happen! But if you want to ensure your pets have a happy Thanksgiving, there are a few things you need to be aware of. Check out these tips on How to Keep Your Pets Safe this Thanksgiving!
How to Keep Your Pets Safe this Thanksgiving
1. Don’t Feed Table Scraps
While it’s true that a lot of what people can eat, pets can eat too, there are also several foods that we can eat that your pets should never have. For example, chocolate, raisins, alcohol, raw bread dough (because of the yeast), garlic, and onions are all poisonous to both dogs and cats. And while both dogs and cats can have turkey, you’ll want to make sure you’re giving them a small, fully-cooked piece without skin or fat. And definitely don’t give your pets any bones (they could choke, or have difficulty digesting them). But in general, to keep your pets safe this Thanksgiving, make a blanket rule for your family and all visitors- pets only get pet food.
2. In Cases of Anxiety, Keep Pets Out of the Way
If you have a dog or cat that doesn’t do well with crowds, children, or strange people, Thanksgiving can be more stressful for them than fun. In that case, you’ll want to keep them in a separate room, or use a pet gate. You’ll actually want to do the same thing if one of your guests is anxious about your dog and/or cat. The last thing you want is either anxious party leading to a biting or scratching incident.
3. Watch Opening Doors
With Thanksgiving comes doors opening and closing to let many guests in and out. To avoid your pet running away during one of those incidents, make sure they don’t have access to the door, or hold their collar each time the door opens.
4. Keep an Eye on Your Decorations
Cats and dogs are curious creatures. Which is why if you want to keep your pets safe this Thanksgiving, you’ll need to ensure they don’t play with your Thanksgiving decor. Don’t let cats wander near candles, or let dogs sniff garlands. The last thing you want is a fire or your pet ingesting something non-edible.
Many pet parents choose to bring their pets with them during their Thanksgiving travels. While this is a good idea for many reasons, there are some safety concerns. Make sure that you have a pet first aid kit in your car, and that you’re traveling with a health certificate from your vet if you’re going to a different state. Also consider investing in a pet car crate or pet seat belt, and never leave your pet alone in your car, even if it’s cool out and you plan to only be gone a minute.
6. Take Out the Trash
An easy way to keep your pets safe this Thanksgiving is by taking out the trash as soon as the festivities are over. This will make it so that your pet doesn’t have a chance to find their way into the garbage and eat bones and other Thanksgiving garbage.
Before your guests arrive, double check that your pet’s collar tag and microchip are up to date. If they don’t have a microchip, get them one. Both dogs and cats can be microchipped for $50 or less at the vet. If they get out during the holiday, a chip could be invaluable in bringing them home.
How do you handle Thanksgiving with your pets?