10 Tips for Thanksgiving

10 Tips for Ensuring a Happy Thanksgiving for your Pets

Thanksgiving is a time when we all get together and share in a feast with our loved ones. Many people also like to include their pets in their celebrations as they are a part of the family as well. However, holidays can be a stressful and even dangerous time for pets, which is why it is important to follow these 10 easy steps to ensure a happy and safe Thanksgiving for both your and your furry friends.

1. Maintain their regular diet

The best thing to keep your pets happy and healthy during the holiday periods is to maintain their regular diet. If you want to give them a thanksgiving treat then it is best to give them treats made for pets.

2. Resist the temptation of sharing your food
It can be very tempting to give them some of our delicious food, especially as it is a day for sharing, but something as harmless as turkey and gravy can have very negative effects. Feeding pets fatty and rich foods can also cause pancreatitis or gastroenteritis.

3. Don't give them the bones
Turkey bones are hollow and brittle, and when chewed can shatter and become lodged in the intestines of your pets, causing lacerations and obstructions. If you want to give them a bone to chew on then make sure it is a bone like a brisket bone.

4. Throw out leftovers
Always remember to scrape leftovers into the garbage, not into your pet's food bowl. It may seem easier at the time, especially when they look up at you with their big hungry eyes, but a few minutes of indulging on the wrong sort of human food can result in gastritis, vomiting, diarrhea and even possible death.

5. Toss the cooking strings
Be careful when discarding the strings that you use to tie up the turkey or ham. These meat-soaked strings can be very appealing to pets, however can lead to intestinal blockages if swallowed.

6. Avoid Salmonella
Salmonella poisoning is a real threat to pets around this time as bacteria can survive in larger birds when they are undercooked. It is important to ensure that leftover turkey is not given to your pets, it is not left unattended and that it is kept well out of their reach.

7. Secure the garbarge bins
Cats and dogs have a knack for getting into garbage cans to get to food, so it is important to ensure that bins are securely fastened at all times.

8. Don't give your pets chocolate
Chocolate contains a substance called Theobromine which can be toxic to both dogs and cats. It is important to ensure that you do not share chocolates or desserts with your pets, and to make sure that all unhealthy foods are kept out of their reach.

9. Ensure ID tags are up-to-date
With people constantly coming in and out of the house there is a higher than normal risk of your pets escaping outside. It is important to ensure that their ID tags are up-to-date with your current address and contact details to make for a safe and hasty return home.

10. Set up a quiet retreat area
If possible, set up a quiet retreat area for your pets, perhaps in their own room with a couple of toys. This will help to reduce the stress from all of the strange noises and unusual holiday behavior going on, while also ensuring that they are kept safe and do not escape.

By following these 10 easy steps you can ensure that you will spend more time being thankful and less time being stressed for both you and your pets.

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