1. Watch the Food:
Some Thanksgiving foods can be harmful to pets. Avoid giving them turkey bones, as they can splinter and cause internal damage. Onions, garlic, grapes, raisins, chocolate, and certain artificial sweeteners (like xylitol) are toxic to pets.
2. No Table Scraps:
While it might be tempting to share some of your Thanksgiving feast with your furry friends, it’s best to stick to their regular diet. Human food can be too rich or contain ingredients that are harmful to pets.
3. Secure the Trash:
Dispose of turkey bones and other food scraps in a secure trash can that your pet can’t access. The string used to tie the turkey can also be dangerous if ingested.
4. Create a Safe Space:
The noise and commotion of a Thanksgiving gathering can be stressful for some pets. Consider creating a quiet, comfortable space where they can retreat if they feel overwhelmed.
5. Be Cautious with Decorations:
Thanksgiving decorations, such as candles and cornucopias, can pose a risk to pets. Keep an eye on your pets around decorations, and make sure they can’t reach anything that might be harmful if chewed or ingested.
6. Secure the Garbage:
If you dispose of turkey bones or other tempting scraps in the garbage, make sure it’s in a secure container that your pets can’t easily access.
7. Avoid Feeding from the Table:
Teach your guests not to feed your pets from the table. It’s important for your pets to stick to their regular diet, and unexpected treats can lead to digestive issues.
8. Check IDs and Microchips:
With people coming in and out of the house, there’s an increased risk of your pet escaping. Ensure that your pets have proper identification tags and that their microchip information is up-to-date.
9. Limit Alcohol Access:
Alcoholic beverages can be harmful to pets, so make sure that they are kept out of reach. Dogs, in particular, may be attracted to the smell.
10. Emergency Preparedness:
Know the contact information for the nearest emergency veterinary clinic and have it readily available in case of an accident or illness.
By taking these precautions, you can help ensure that Thanksgiving is a safe and enjoyable time for both you and your pets.