Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the United States, and that means lots of food, family and friends, and fun.
But for our pets, the holidays can mean stress, agitation, and even illness unless we take a few precautions to keep them safe. These 5 simple steps can help safeguard your furry friends as you celebrate with the two-legged ones.
- Food safety – Remember that just because it tastes good and is good for you, certain foods are not good for pets. Stay away from turkey bones, chocolate, onions and garlic, and alcohol. I’ll also add pork to this list, having experienced a life or death situation with a childhood pet that ate some ham on Thanksgiving day. Luckily, her story had a happy ending.
- Guard the trash – Make sure your pets can’t get into the garbage by using a covered trash receptacle. It didn’t happen on Thanksgiving, but I have had to deal with a dog who ate garbage and it was not fun.
- Give ’em a getaway – Your pet should have a nice, quiet place to hang out, away from the people and the noise of the day. I like to put my dogs in my bedroom with the TV or soothing music on at a fairly high volume; I’ve found they’re very chilled out in this environment.
- Check I.D. – Is your pet’s ID tag up to date? The stress of the day, along with people running in and out of your house, make it a prime time for a frightened pet to slip out of the house. In the event that your pet decides to make a great escape, it’ll be easier for her to find her way back home if your contact information on her ID tag is current.
- Got toys? – While my dogs are safely sequestered in my bedroom with the TV or music playing, I also give them their favorite toys. Chewing the daylights out of an elk antler is a great stress reliever, apparently.
Do you have any other tips to share? How do you keep your pets safe, happy, and healthy on Thanksgiving and other holidays?