Keep your furry friends safe during the holidays!
Tip #1: Keep all food in a safe place
Make sure all of the food is in a place where your pets can not reach it. Open countertop areas, dining areas, and even coffee tables in the living room can be easy targets for our smart furry friends. Some Thanksgiving foods are harmful to pets. If your pet were to consume under-cooked turkey or raw turkey they could get salmonella.
Tip #2: Pass on the pie
Chocolate is very harmful for pets and artificial sweetener is too. Chocolate contains theobromine which is very toxic for dogs. If your pet consumes chocolate, consult your veterinarian immediately.
Tip #3: No bones
Turkey bones can be harmful for animals. They can cause intestinal problems and splinter. Stick to pet approved treats and away from any bones.
Tip #4: Dispose of any trash
Do not leave trash out for your animals to get into. Greasy paper, bones, plastic, and aluminum foil from cooking can lead to blockage in animals intestines if they were to get into it. This can be fatal. Candy wrappers are also tempting for pets. Dogs don’t know the difference between smelly paper and real food – if it smells tasty to a dog it will likely be consumed.
Tip #5: Pay attention to your animals behavior
This is a big one because animals can feel very stressed during the holiday season with a lot of people in and out of the home. Make sure your animal is comfortable and not under any stress. Keep an area your pet likes off limits to guests so your pet can take a break. Make sure guests know about the pet rules about no treats and giving your pet space.
Tip #6: Enjoy the holidays with your pets
They are our best friends and we want to keep them happy AND heathy. Consider laying off treats before the holiday meal and save them for that special day so they enjoy them a little more. Pets deserve to feel a part of the celebration, but do not let them overindulge!
If you have any tips and tricks for Thanksgiving please share! We want to insure the safety of animals during the holidays!
Happy Holidays Everyone!