Pet Safety for Turkey Day

Pet Safety for Turkey Day

Just like any holiday, Thanksgiving has its own set of potential pet hazards to think about. Keep your celebration full of fun by following these tips from a Chico veterinarian.

Keep Thanksgiving Food to Yourself

Don’t bother giving your pet his own little Thanksgiving meal—too much fatty, buttery, or salty foods will upset your pet’s stomach and could even cause vomiting and diarrhea. Make sure everyone at your Thanksgiving table knows not to slip your pet any scraps. If you must have your pet indulge, only offer a small dab of mashed potatoes—minus butter or gravy!—or a thin slice of all white-meat turkey.

Beware of Toxic Foods

Some foods around the dinner table may actually cause toxic reactions in pets. These include onions, garlic, raisins, grapes, avocado, chocolate, candy and gum, and alcohol. Have your pet avoid these foods at all costs, and store them properly in the refrigerator or cabinets when your meal is over.

Forget the Bones

Some dog owners might like slipping their pooch a turkey bone as a fun holiday treat, but it’s best to reconsider doing so. Cooked or uncooked bones can splinter apart, creating sharp slivers that could cut a pet’s mouth, throat, or intestines if swallowed. Give your pet a good chew toy or even a dog treat before you slip him a bone.

Monitor the Garbage

Don’t forget about your garbage bag this holiday—it’s home to plenty of pet hazards, all in the same space! Garbage bags may contain fatty scraps, poisonous foods, coffee grounds, and other pet hazards, so it’s important to keep them tightly sealed and stored where a pet can’t rip into them. Take the garbage out as soon as your meal is cleaned up so your pet doesn’t have a chance to investigate.

Offer a Safe Space

Are there lots of family members or friends coming to your place this holiday? Remember that some pets, especially young or old animals, may be overwhelmed by all the activity. Try setting up a pet bed in a quiet back room, and lead your pet to this safe space when he becomes agitated or stressed out.

Your Chico veterinarian can tell you about more holiday hazards and offer more great tips—call the clinic today!

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