As your home is filled with family, friends, and the smell of great food during Thanksgiving, it’s important to think about your pet’s safety! We know that Thanksgiving can seem like a pretty harmless holiday, but there are potential dangers to be aware of as they involve your pet.
Did you know that runaway pet numbers go up during major holidays? This is where it’s good to plan ahead. Be sure to make sure all guests in your home know to keep doors and windows closed.
- Be sure all your pets are microchipped and wearing identification collars. And, ensure your microchips are registered and up to date.
- Put pets that don’t like visitors or unfamiliar sights and sounds in a closed bedroom or basement, away from the holiday shenanigans, with a plug-in pheromone diffuser and calming music.
Now that you have your home secure, let’s talk about food. The simplest of foods can cause serious illness to your pet – a grape, piece of onion, or even a piece of gum! We know that it’s hard to say no to your pet, but during Thanksgiving, it’s important to make sure everyone resists even the most adorable of begging.
- Unless your turkey is boneless, skinless, and cooked in nothing but water, avoid feeding it to your pets from the table. Turkey and turkey skin can cause pancreatitis in pets, which can be life-threatening.
- Potatoes are a healthy and nutritious vegetable for humans and pets alike. But, when mashed with butter, sour cream, cheese, onions, garlic, or gravy, they’re not a safe option for your pet (and you should probably enjoy in moderation, too). Similarly, most veggies that are healthy on their own (think green beans, carrots, and more) can be enjoyed without all the extra ingredients often found in their holiday casseroles.
- Stay away from grapes and raisins, which can cause kidney failure in dogs.
- Say “no” to artificial sweeteners, which can be toxic to pets.
- Chocolate and other desserts are for you and your human buddies only. But, you knew that already, didn’t you?
- Your pet should never consume alcohol. And, be aware of unexpected dishes that might contain it, like fruitcake.
We’re here to help if you have any questions at all!