Thanksgiving is approaching and there are many potential dangers to your dog that you might not be aware of or just might not think about with the commotion of the holiday season approaching. Here are some tips in keeping your dog safe during Thanksgiving:
- Do not feed your dog bones from the turkey (or any other meat). Cooked bones are very dangerous for dogs because they might splinter and cause major problems. Make sure that the leftover turkey is kept up high where your dog cannot counter surf for it! And when disposing, make sure they can’t get into the garbage; the best thing is to take the garbage out right away.
- As tempting as it is to give Fido leftovers, try to resist. Onions are toxic to dogs, and turkey skin contains a lot of fat that your dog might not be used to and it might be hard for them to digest (stomach ache!). Also make sure that your guests know not to feed your dog leftovers or check with you first. Sometimes it’s very tempting when they give those puppy dog eyes!
- With family members and friends coming over for the holiday, make sure your dog is comfortable with all the commotion. If your dog tends to bolt out of the door or gets uncomfortable around strangers (or young children) it might be best for them to be in a separate room with their food and water or in a crate where they are comfortable.
- As always when you have company coming over, make sure your dog has their ID tags on just in case a door or gate gets left open or your dog gets spooked and bolts out the door.
- If you have a young dog, puppy, or a high-strung dog, it’s a good idea to take them for a long walk to get them tired before your guests arrive. A tired dog is always a better-behaved dog!
What will you do this Thanksgiving to keep your pups safe? Mine will probably get a little bit of this with their dinner!