5 Safety Tips for a Dog Friendly Thanksgiving

Photo: The Doggy World

A Brooklyn Dog’s Life is headed to the city of brotherly love for Thanksgiving. That means it’s time to get out the dog seatbelt and pack toys for the furry and human babies. We love celebrating the holiday with our dog Laly, but it also means we have to be diligent to make sure she doesn’t steal the turkey and that kids don’t feed her anything harmful. As you get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, keep in mind a few safety tips from of the American Veterinary Medical Association to ensure you have a safe holiday.

Your Thanksgiving feast is for people – not pets.  Table scraps may seem like a fun way to include your pet in the holiday, but many foods are poisonous to pets, including onions, garlic, raisins and grapes. Most people understand that chocolate is poisonous to pets but aren’t aware of an artificial sweetener called Xylitol that has been shown to be just as deadly to dogs. Play it safe and don’t share your dessert with Fido or Fluffy.

Just because it’s dead, doesn’t mean it’s not deadly.  A turkey carcass left in an open trash container or one that’s easily opened could prove deadly if the family pet finds it.  A pet that “discovers” the carcass can quickly eat so much that it causes a dangerous condition called pancreatitis.  Dispose of turkey carcasses in a covered, tightly secured container along with anything used to wrap or tie the meat and any bones left on plates. These are also hazards and can be very tempting for your pets.

Photo: Find A Vet

Want to treat your pet on Thanksgiving?  Buy a treat that is made just for them.  Make sure the pet treat is not a part of any recall and/or doesn’t contain ingredients of questionable origin. Your pet will enjoy the treat just as much, and chances are you won’t spend the holiday at the emergency clinic.

For some pets, houseguests can be scary.  Some pets are shy or excitable around new people, and Thanksgiving often means new people will be visiting. If you know your dog can be overwhelmed when people come over, put them in another room or a crate so they’re out of the frenzy and feel safe. If they are comfortable around guests, make sure you watch them closely — especially when your guests are entering or leaving your home. In the confusion, a four-legged family member may make a break for it out the door and become lost.

Photo: Lekki Frazier-Wood’s Blog

Decorations and fire can be dangerous. As you dress your Thanksgiving table with a centerpiece and flowers, remember to keep them up and away from your pets.  Some decorations look good enough to eat, and pets may decide to have a taste. Pine cones and needles, if consumed by a pet, can cause an intestinal blockage or even perforate the animal’s intestine. Also beware of dinner by candlelight and your cozy fireplace. Where there’s a flame, there’s the opportunity for disaster.  Make sure you’re careful to keep children and pets away from any open flame or fire.

Photo: Canine Couch Potato Blog

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