Thanksgiving is just around the corner. You will be busy with family, cooking and all the festivities related to the big day. Your house will be filled with people and it will be a little hectic. This may be a little stressful for your dog.
Remember that keeping your dog safe is just as important as all the other preparations.
You may be traveling with your dog which may also be stressful and presents other safety concerns.
Here are a few tips to keep your dog safe on Thanksgiving.
Keeping Your Dog’s Stress Level Down
On Thanksgiving your house will be filled with children. Always try to be aware of the interactions between your dog and the children. The children may unintentionally be rough or touch your dog in a way he is not used to.
Your dog is used to spending time with just your family and too many people may be overwhelming for him.
Maybe a space, a crate or a room where your dog can go to have some quiet time would be a good idea.
Include Your Dog In Activities
For the most part, your dog will want to be included in the activities of the day.
If your quests are participating in an outside activity, play fetch with your dog or take the time to take him for a walk.
A favorite toy or bone can keep him busy while the family is enjoying the day catching up, watching television or playing games.
Be Aware Of What Your Dog Eats
It’s a good idea to prepare your dog a meal, something that he loves, before everyone else sits down to dinner. If his belly is full, he won’t be hanging around the table looking for food.
Ask your quests not to feed your dog from the table. While everyone is eating, it’s a good idea to keep him busy with a bone or a toy stuffed with a treat such as a kong. You don’t want your dog to overeat.
With all the preparations, there is bound to be food on your kitchen counters. Have someone watching your dog or keeping him busy to avoid him from jumping up and grabbing food.
Do not give your dog scraps from the table. They may make him seriously ill.
Do not give him
- turkey skin
- turkey bones
- turkey stuffing
- turkey gravy
- mashed potatoes
- creamed peas
- sweet potatoes with ingredients
- pumpkin pie
- grapes and raisins
- onions or scallions
- dough or batter
- skinless turkey
- sweet potatoes, plain
- butternut squash,plain
- pumpkin, plain
- peas, plain
Make sure your trash can is kept tightly closed. Turkey bones can be very harmful to your dog. Also, dispose of anything used to wrap or tie the meat, such as strings, bags or packaging in a tightly closed trash can.
You may have flowers or toxic plants that can be toxic to pets. These include amaryllis, baby’s breath, sweet William some ferns, hydrangeas and more. The ASPCA has a full list of plants toxic to pets.
Holiday displays and candles may be hazardous to your dog. If your dog knocks them over it could start a fire. Also, decorations such a pine cones and needles can cause serious harm if swallowed by your dog.
Always keep your veterinarian’s telephone number readily available.
Keep your dog safe.
Whether your are traveling with your dog or not, there are precautions that your must take.,
If you are traveling with your dog make sure he has an identification tag on his collar. If he has a microchip, make sure it is updated. Being in unfamiliar surroundings, a dog can easily get lost, especially with doors opening letting family in.
When traveling by car, be sure your dog is secured in a harness or crate Do not forget to pack your dog’s food, medications, first aid supplies, toys, a bed or blanket and other items familiar to him.
If you are not traveling with your dog, make sure you leave him with a responsible person or kennel. Pack for your dog as if he was traveling with you.
Visit your veterinarian before keeping your dog in a kennel to make sure he is in good health.
It’s Your Responsibility
Thanksgiving can be hectic with all the preparations and festivities. It could be quite overwhelming. Just imagine how overwhelming it will be for your dog. Take precautions to keep your dog’s stress level down.
Don’t forget to consider your dog in your planning. It’s a very busy time but make sure you pay as much attention to your dog and his needs as you do every other day.
You want your dog to enjoy the holiday as well as you and your guests.
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