Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for everything you have, everything you love and everything that loves you. With this said, pets fall into every category there. Your pets are something you have, something you love and something that loves you. Therefore, during this Thanksgiving Day there are some safety precautions that you need to be aware of to make sure your pet has the best one. With the help from Heidi Ganahl, founder of Camp Bow Wow and the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation, we have provided five tips so everyone can enjoy their holiday and not have to worry about their lovely fur-baby.
- A little taste of turkey: Pets can have small amounts of turkey but it needs to be cook thoroughly. Please do not give your pets raw or undercooked turkey or they can run the risk of salmonella. Also make sure if you give them turkey that it is boneless. Another alternative is to go to the pet store or grocery story and buy a special can of can food as a treat for your pet for the holiday. With the can food, just add it to their dry food or replace it for their normal can food.
- Be wary of herbs and spices: Seasonings and spices seem to be the biggest staple in any kitchen during Thanksgiving and cooking the turkey. Please keep in mind that sage can create negative effects on your pet’s digestive system. It can also severely depress the pet’s central nervous system if eaten in large quantities. Just be sure if you decide to provide your pet with some turkey that you either don’t put spices onto a portion of the turkey or possibly rinse it before giving it to them.
- Don’t overload your pet with human food: By providing your pet with too much human food it can create a variety of problems for your pet. You can cause severe diarrhea and/or vomiting due to stomach upset. Mash potatoes can upset the stomach and in severe cases trigger pancreatitis.
- Make no bones about it: Any bird bones can splinter while chewing and get lodged into their throat or even puncture their stomach lining. They are hollow and break easily to create a choking hazard. It is just better to keep all the food boneless for Thanksgiving for your pets.
- Give the puppy some space: OK, did you just get a new puppy? You might feel inclined to show it off during the holiday, but give the baby some well deserved space. A house full of guests they don’t know can create some anxiety in the puppy. It is good to introduce your puppy to new people but once you have done the introductions, help provide the puppy with their own space where the puppy can be calm and happy. This is also good for the older, elderly dog that just may want to be left alone and not have too much attention.
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