Thanksgiving is a time for friends, family, and holiday feasts! But for our furry family members, can pose possible distress and many threats to their safety.
1) Keep thanksgiving dinner on the table
Let’s face it, we love our pups and want to share our tasty meals with them. But unfortunately, many human foods are dangerous for dogs, especially carved turkey, whose bones can cause internal damage if digested. Cooked bones can cause damage to a dog’s throat and intestinal tract, requiring surgery. Keep the turkey well out of the way on the back of the counter or in the center of the table. Make sure to ask your guests not to slip your dog “table food” under the table. You can treat them with a healthy homemade dog treat.
2) Be conscious of guests
If you are hosting guests this Thanksgiving especially if children are coming over, keep in mind that some people are afraid of dogs, and some dogs are afraid of strange people. Also, holiday guests can accidentally leave doors open, letting dogs escape. Take extra precautions by putting up baby gates or exercise pens around the doors. Make sure your dog has a tag with up-to-date contact information. If you’re taking a dog out to do their business, be sure you never leave them unattended. Make sure children play gently with dogs. Especially, young children who should always be monitored around dogs.
3) Be conscious of your dog
If your dog is skittish around people, noises or sudden movements, make sure to provide a safe, separate place to be in during the holiday commotion. It is a great idea to take your dogs on a long walk before the Thanksgiving dinner. Very likely they will be calm during the family feast. A tired dog is a good dog!
4) Secure the trash
Your dog will be intrigued by all the marvelous smells of your feast! Your garbage may be extra appealing after preparing the meal, but many food items are hazardous to dogs such as certain spices, chocolate, onions, and raisins. Make sure to keep the garbage out of the reach of your dogs.
We hope these tips help you and your furry family members enjoy a happy and healthy Thanksgiving! Have more tips to share with us? Leave them in the comments below!
The information provided in this article is not a substitute for professional veterinary help.
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