We can smell the pecan pie and the turkey already, which means that Thanksgiving is almost here!
But, before you go into a food coma caused by sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, and apple pie, please be sure that your pet is safe.
Here are some tips to take care of your pup during this important holiday:
Keep them away from human food: Eating too much can be unhealthy for humans, but it's even worse for pets.
Fatty foods are hard for animals to digest, while bones can damage your pet’s digestive tract and holiday sweets can contain ingredients that are poisonous to them.
For example onions, raisins, grapes, and chocolate.
Put the trash away where your pets can’t find it: Get rid of turkey carcasses and bones – and anything used to wrap or tie the meat, such as strings, bags, and packaging – in a covered, tightly secured trash bag placed in a closed trash container outdoors (or behind a closed, locked door).
When in doubt, call Poison Control: If even after your best efforts, you believe your pet has eaten something he shouldn’t have, call your vet or the Poison Control Hotline: 1-888-426-4435.
Remember that visitors can upset your pets: If you know your dog or cat is nervous when people visit your home, put him/her in another room or a crate with a favorite toy.
This will reduce the emotional stress on your pet and protect your guests from possible injury.
If your pet is particularly upset by houseguests, talk to your veterinarian about possible solutions to this common problem.
Watch the exits: Even if your pets are comfortable around guests, make sure you watch them closely, especially when people are entering or leaving your home.
While you’re welcoming hungry guests and collecting coats, a four-legged family member may make a break for it out the door and become lost.
Update identification tags: Make sure your pet has proper identification with your current contact information – particularly a microchip with up-to-date, registered information.
That way, if they do sneak out, they’re more likely to be returned to you.
If your pet isn’t already microchipped, talk to your veterinarian about the benefits of this simple procedure.
Watch your pets around festive decorations: Special holiday displays or candles are attractive to pets as well as people.
Never leave a pet alone in an area with a lit candle; it could result in a fire. And pine cones, needles and other decorations can cause intestinal blockages or even perforate an animal’s intestine if eaten.
Traveling?: Whether you take your pets with you or leave them behind, take these precautions to safeguard them when traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday or at any other time of the year.
Remember, your pet needs a health certificate from your veterinarian if you’re traveling across state lines or international borders, whether by air or car.
Learn the requirements for any states you will visit or pass through, and schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to get the needed certificate within the timeframes required by those states.
Learn more about it here:
Don't ever: Leave pets alone in vehicles, even for a short time, regardless of the weather.
Pets should always be safely restrained in vehicles. This means using a secure harness or a carrier, placed in a location clear of airbags. This helps protect your pets if you brake or swerve suddenly, or get in an accident
Have fun! Remember that at the end of the day, the most important part of the holidays is to have fun with your loved ones. Pets included. <3