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Thanksgiving Safety Tips for Pets

Thanksgiving is probably one of the most awaited holidays of the year as it brings you closer with your family and friends where you celebrate gratitude and blessings together. But even though it’s a great celebration, it may also bring hazards and dangers for our furry family members.

In this article, we’ll talk about Thanksgiving safety tips for pets to keep them happier, healthier, and safer during this special holiday.

" Is turkey dangerous to dogs? The answer can be yes and no. As a matter of fact, some commercial dog foods contain turkey. However, Thanksgiving turkeys are not cooked plain. Usually, we add in oils, butter, seasonings, herbs, and spices. This is how turkeys become dangerous. "

Poison Risks

Overindulging and binge eating is unhealthy for humans, but even more so for our fur-babies. Thanksgiving feasts are full of:

  • fatty and oily foods that are difficult for fur-babies to digest
  • holiday treats that are made with ingredients toxic to pets
  • poultry foods whose bones may cause choking hazards and gastrointestinal issues

To help prevent these dangers and poison risks, you must:

  • Keep foods ON the table. Your feast must be kept on your Thanksgiving table, not under it or in some other places. By doing so, you will be able to supervise well the food and your pets as some Thanksgiving foods are considered toxic to pets, like raisins and grapes. If you want your fur-baby preoccupied and away from the Thanksgiving table, you can provide them with Gnawtlers®. These are premium elk and antler chews that contain nutritious bone marrow your pet dogs will surely love! Gnawtlers® are all-natural and do not easily splinter so your dog can chew all day without you having to go crazy about all the possible dangers that can happen while they’re gnawing this good stuff.
  • Be careful of the turkey. Is turkey dangerous to dogs? The answer can be yes and no. According to The American Kennel Club, turkey is not poisonous to fur-babies, especially to dogs. As a matter of fact, some commercial dog foods contain turkey as this is rich in riboflavin, protein, and phosphorus. It can also be cooked plain to be an ingredient for a homemade dog diet but must be under the guidance of your veterinarian. However, Thanksgiving turkeys are not cooked plain. Usually, we add in oils, butter, seasonings, herbs, and spices. We stuff them with more herbs, garlic, and onions. This is how turkeys become dangerous for our fur-babies as garlic and other members of the allium family, including onions, contain thiosulfate, which is toxic to dogs as stated by the Merck Veterinary Manual.
  • Do not give your pets desserts or pies. This is a big no-no. Chocolates are harmful to pets, particularly to dogs. And the artificial sweetener used in many baked goods and gums can also be life-threatening if consumed by your pet.
  • Keep the garbage bin out of your pet’s reach. Garbage bins and trash containers can easily be opened by your curious fur-baby. These bins may contain turkey bones, other food carcasses, and any used items that were used to tie or to cover food like plastic bags and strings. These can cause possible suffocation to your pet.

When Hosting Thanksgiving Parties

Here are some safety tips you can plan ahead if you’re hosting a Thanksgiving party with family and friends and have overnight visitors.

  • Confine your pets. While it is true that our fur-babies are social animals, visitors can still upset and exhaust them. Thanksgiving visitors mean there will be a lot of people in your house (some your pets haven’t even seen before), loud laughter and noises, and usually busy activities compared to what your fur-baby is used to from their day-to-day activities. If your fur-baby s nervous or anxious about having guests at home, you can confine them in their crate or in another room with their favorite chew, like the Gnawtlers®. Confining them will help reduce their stress levels, help you prevent any possible accidents and injuries, and prevent your fur-baby from escaping and running away. You can also prepare Pet Parents® Calming SoftSupps®. These supplements help keep your fur-baby calm and relax during stressful situations. Pet Parents® Calming SoftSupps® contain Suntheanine® that is clinically studied for advancing a feeling of relaxation & mental alertness in dogs. Note: Pet Parents® SoftSupps® are only for dogs.
  • Guard the exits. Always keep watch of the exits. Even if your fur-babies are okay with having visitors around, escapes can still be possible. Make sure to update your pet’s ID tag and microchip. Though this is not a guarantee to locate where your pet is, it increases the chances of your fur-baby being found and returned to you.

Thanksgiving Costume Reminders

If your fur-baby loved dressing up during Halloween, then you might as well think about dressing them in a hilarious turkey outfit or a delightful pilgrim costume. Our Halloween costume safety tips also apply for Thanksgiving costumes.:

  • do not force them to wear it
  • comfiness is a priority; avoid being extra with enormous costumes
  • find a costume that’s not too tight or too loose
  • beware of choking hazards like beads, buttons, studs, etc.
  • ensure your fur-baby’s costume does not limit their movements or their senses
  • have them wear Pet Parents® Washable Dog Diapers or Pet Parents® Washable Belly Bands that will match your fur-baby’s costume and will keep them clean and dry.

Decorations to Keep Away from Your Pets

Thanksgiving decors like pumpkins and corns are not toxic to pets but can be harmful and may cause a gastrointestinal upset if your fur-baby has consumed too much. Also, be careful with lit candles as your pet may knock these over and may cause an unexpected fire accident. Yikes!

It is also better to keep any electric wires out of your fur-baby’s reach, including glass ornaments, pinecones, tinsels, etc. (if you are already decorating for the holiday season) as they may gnaw on it and get injured.

Always Be Prepared for Emergencies

Sometimes, no matter how much we prepare, bad things can still happen. It’s always better to save your veterinarian’s contact number and keep a handy pet first-aid kit. As a pet parent, it is your liability to prepare and know how essential it is to put together a first aid kit to be able to avoid panic and fright in any medical emergencies during Thanksgiving.

" If you want your fur-baby preoccupied and away from the Thanksgiving table, you can provide them with Gnawtlers®. These are premium elk and antler chews that contain nutritious bone marrow your pet dogs will surely love! "

Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for all the blessings of the past year. And it just makes so much sense to keep our fur-babies safe as they are one of the graces we’re lucky enough to have in this lifetime.

The Author:

Micka Virtudazo

Micka Virtudazo is a full-time content creator at Pet Parents who lives with thirteen adorable American Bullies and a Shih Tzu-Maltese mix named Gretel. She especially enjoys writing how-to articles as she feels through this she can connect to other pet parents on a more personal level.

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