Thanksgiving! Who can resist sharing the delightful tastes and smells from the kitchen with loved ones? And since dog is not just man’s best friend, but a part of the family, how do you share the spirit of the day…safely? Here are a few tips to help make this holiday season safe and sound for your pets:
Bones: Cooked bones are especially brittle and the sharp pieces that break off can become lodged in a pet’s intestine. Turkey and other bird bones are hollow and break even easier. So, say NO to bones!
Turkey: A small servings of plain, unseasoned turkey with a few green beans is permissible. But that fatty, greasy skin with its savory seasonings…NO!
Extra Fixin’s: Fatty food and all the yummy stuff that makes Thanksgiving so special for us can result in anything from vomiting to pancreatitis for man’s best friend. If you simply HAVE to give him a treat, a tablespoon of turkey broth over his food should be safe.
Chocolate: Yep, a no-brainer. Just say “NO!” and keep the temptation far out of the reach of your pets!
Wraps: Please remember to properly dispose of and keep the trash out of your pets’ reach. Besides your pets working to clean every speck of greasy goodness off the wrappers, they may end up swallowing them and causing intestinal blockage.
Cooking: Keep pets out from underfoot in the kitchen and dining room. The last thing you need is to drop a hot dish on your pet, yourself or a guest! There’s also the risk of broken glass getting in someone’s paw or foot. Again, say NO to furry kitchen “helpers”!
Holiday Plants: It bears repeating for pet’s sake. Poinsettias, holly berries, mistletoe and Cedar Christmas trees are toxic to dogs.
Holiday Decorations: Glass ornaments and decorations within puppy’s reach? NO!
Well Intentioned Guests: Your pet’s well-being shouldn’t take second place to your being the host or hostess of the year! Let guests know the ground rules of NOT to feed your pet anything unless you choose to provide them with a few special pet treats to share.
From our family to yours....HAPPY THANKSGIVING!