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Tips for keeping pets safe & happy for Thanksgiving

by Therese on November 19, 2007

in Pet Health, Pets


Thanksgiving is fast approaching! A time for family and friends to get together for food and fun!

I wanted to pass on some pet safety tips for the Thanksgiving holiday…

Many people like giving their pets a tasty treat after the Thanksgiving feast but as well intended, you are doing more harm than good. Table scraps left over from rich food like gravy covered meats or stuffing can cause gastrointestinal problems. Cooked bones are a definite no-no as they can get stuck in your pets gums, throat, or intestinal tract from splinters.

Of course, I’m sure most of you know chocolate is off-limits. Chocolate contains theobromine which is a heart stimulant and can cause a fatal heart attack if ingested in large amounts. Make sure any candy or fudge is kept out of reach of your pets.

Onions or garlic are another ingredient to keep away from dogs and cats. They contain a toxic ingredient called thiosulphate. Onions are more of a problem than garlic. Garlic is toxic in large doses. Broccoli (in large amounts) is another one to watch out for as it causes gastrointestinal problems.

Interestingly enough, macadamia nuts are not good for pets so watch that bowl of nuts you leave out for guests!

If you are having many people at your home for the Thanksgiving Holiday, it is a good idea to give your pets a quiet place to retreat if the noise and excitement are too much for them. If it’s possible, let them be free to roam to and from their special room if they decide to venture out to visit.

If all the company is too overwhelming or children are a concern (teasing, chasing) give them a room with the door closed but provide their favorite toys, soft blankets, cat box (for the kitties), water and even some soft music (classical works best for calming). Check on them frequently with love,attention and potty breaks (or a nice walk if you can break away from the party for a bit).

Also, if your pet is free to roam and doesn’t have a problem with people, make sure you keep an eye on the door where people are coming and going. Dogs and cats can easily escape with all the hoopla of the holiday. Make sure they have the proper ID tags if an escape should occur. If they are microchipped, check before the holiday that the information is up to date.

After the holiday, make sure the garbage is contained in a dog-proof (and raccoon-proof) receptacle. Even the best of dogs, trained to “leave-it” or not counter surf, will be tempted at yummy left over smells!

If you love to decorate, make certain it’s out of reach of curious cats and playful dogs. Poinsettias, amaryllis, mistletoe and holly are very poisonous! Twinkling lights or sparkly ribbons are fun to watch and play with…ask any puppy or kitty! Electrical cords can be chewed on and are fatal or can cause injury so make sure they are hidden and secured.

Don’t let all this information freak out your Thanksgiving though!

Just be mindful of the safety of your pets and remind your guests of the dangers as well.

Many people don’t know about pet safety but this well known mantra speaks volumes on many levels…

…An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Have a Happy (and safe!) Thanksgiving!

This article was written by one of our advertisers, DeAnne Haustveit owner of Wee Walkies Dog Walking & Pet Care Service, in Freemont, CA.

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Matt November 19, 2007 at 11:16 am

Great stuff. If you don’t mind, I’d like to do an article about the same subject and link back to your site with your info. Thanks.


Therese November 19, 2007 at 11:28 am

Sure, be my guest! Feel free to link back to us, and please be sure to give DeAnne credit as well. Thanks, Matt!


AuthorMomWithDogs November 19, 2007 at 4:18 pm

Oh, I’ve got a post coming up on dangerous people foods for dogs too. Tis the season to be careful with our pets. šŸ™‚ Great tips and suggestions here!


Therese November 19, 2007 at 4:51 pm

I’ll have to keep an eye on your blog for your article!


jan November 19, 2007 at 7:48 pm

Very good tips. It seems like the most festive human occasions can be the most dangerous to our dogs.


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