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Thanksgiving Safety Tips For Your Pets

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s time to start planning for a delightful feast and a memorable time with our loved ones. However, amid all the excitement, let’s not forget the safety and well-being of our furry friends. This blog will discuss essential tips to ensure a wag-tastic, hazard-free Thanksgiving celebration for our beloved pets. Let’s dive into Thanksgiving safety tips for your pets.

Watch Out for Food Hazards

While it’s tempting to share some delicious turkey or a slice of pumpkin pie with our pets, it’s crucial to remember that certain foods can be harmful to them. Avoid feeding your pets the following:

  • Turkey Bones, Skin, and Gravy
  • Ham
  • Stuffing
  • Casseroles
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Creamed Peas
  • Chocolate, Cookies, or Candy (Especially with Xylitol)
  • Onions, Garlic, or Scallions
  • Grapes or Raisins
  • Nuts
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Fatty Foods
  • Foods Containing Spices

Opt for pet-friendly treats, and ensure guests know these restrictions to avoid accidental slip-ups. Foods such as the above can cause belly upset and often diarrhea.

Secure the Trash

With all the delicious food and leftovers, your trash can quickly become a treasure trove for your curious pets. Dispose of bones, wrappers, and other food waste securely, as they can pose choking hazards or lead to digestive issues. Consider using a pet-proof trash can or placing it in a room inaccessible to your furry companions.

Mind the Decorations

Thanksgiving decorations can add a festive touch to your home, but they can also entice pets. Closely watch candles, table centerpieces, and other decorations that can be knocked over or chewed on. Opt for flameless candles or place them in areas your pets can’t reach. Similarly, avoid using easily breakable decorations that could be harmful if ingested.

Create a Safe Space

Thanksgiving gatherings can be overwhelming for pets with all the noise, unfamiliar faces, and commotion. Provide a quiet and comfortable space for your pets to retreat if they need a break from the festivities. Ensure they can access fresh water, their bed or crate, and some toys to entertain them.

Communicate with Guests

Before guests arrive, kindly remind them about their pets and needs. Tell them about any allergies, dietary restrictions, or behavior concerns your pets may have. Please encourage them to avoid feeding your pets human food and ask them to be mindful of open doors, as pets can easily slip out unnoticed.

Overall, it’s important to include your pets at your Thanksgiving holiday celebration; however, keep in mind that with all the sites, smells, and entertainment comes hazards they may be unable to control themselves around.

In the event your pets ingest something they shouldn’t or get into something that hurts them, contact your local emergency hospital immediately or call ASPCA Animal Poison Control (888)426-4435

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