Pet Safety on Thanksgiving
Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving. ~W.T. Purkiser
Thanksgiving is such a magnificent and meaningful holiday. Families and friends excitedly gather to show their gratitude for all their many blessing. Aromas of rich and delicious foods fill the air and most feel the need to overindulge. Although this may or may not be the best idea for you, it is definitely not good for your dog or cat. Here are some tips to keep your furry family members happy and healthy this holiday.
- Prevent access to counter tops – Some dogs and especially cats will jump up on to counters or pull things off. This is so tempting to pets with the succulent smells of turkey and food. The hot stove and hot items on counters can cause severe burns not to mention ruin your dinner.
- Safely dispose of the turkey string and foil– The string that wraps or ties turkey's legs, aluminum foil and plastic turkey wrappers can be fatal if eaten by your pets. Remember to secure them in a trash can with a tightly placed lid.
- Careful with table scraps and food – Some dogs and cats deal well with table scraps and others get sick. Small breed dogs can be especially sensitive and develop a disease called pancreatitis. This is especially true with high fat meals. Don't feed your pet the skins to get rid of them. If you feed anything – offer small amounts of vegetables or meat.
- Thanksgiving feast hosts can request that guests not give morsels or leftovers to the family pets.