Soon the air will be filled with the smell of turkey, stuffing, potatoes, and pies. Thanksgiving is right around the corner. As our house fills with family and friends, we often forget that it can be a stressful time for our four-legged friends.
If your family friend accidentally gets into food or other items that is poisonous to him or her, it is extremely important that you have national and local numbers ready. Don’t forget to update tag and microchip information.
Onions, Mushrooms, cooked bones, alcohol, table salt, chocolate, and coffee are just a few of the items that can poison or hurt your dog. Your dog processes food differently than you. It’s important to make sure that you only provide them with foods that are safe for their digestive system. The ASPCA provides an excellent list of foods that are poisonous to your dog: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/people-foods-avoid-feeding-your-pets
This can be a separate room or a comfy crate ready for your dog. Small children, laughter, the banging of pots and pans, and all the fun noises of Thanksgiving can be sensory overload for your furry friend. By having a safe space that he or she can retreat to, you are giving them a place of comfort.
To prevent your dog from begging at the table, provide them a balanced meal of healthy dog friendly food. This will also keep Aunt Susie or Uncle Joe from feeding them potentially poisonous food under the table.
When there’s a lot of people coming going from your house, your best friend can sneak out and you won’t even know till your done with desert. When guests are arriving or leaving, it is a good time to put your dog in the safe space that you created for them.
If the terrible and unimaginable does happen, make sure your dog has a collar with his/her rabies tags and your information on it. Several services like the one I provide, include scannable tags to help easily find your lost pet. Microchips will help locate your lost pet if they end up at a shelter or a veterinarian.
Maybe your traveling with your pet. If so, make sure to bring water for the trip, and also have a carrier handy. Long trips can take a lot out of dog. If you are traveling by car, make sure to secure your pet so they are safe in case of an accident. Also, plan your trip to provide adequate water, food, and bathroom breaks for your dog.
If your travel plans don’t allow you to take your dog, make sure to find a suitable boarding solution. Make sure that your dog’s vaccinations are up to date. Provide your boarder with your dog safety sheet which should have your local vet information filled out.
If you’ve followed all the food safety tips and kept your dog safe during the main event, you don’t want them to get sick during the clean up. The tryptophan may have set in and your ready for your post Thanksgiving feast nap, but make sure to first secure and throw away all of your trash. Your pet is a curious one, and can easily get him or herself in a world of trouble by getting into the trash.
Assign someone in the family to be responsible for walking and exercising your dog. You may be busy cooking Turkey and all the fixings, but your dog will still need its daily exercise. He or she will be less rowdy if your dog has its daily dose of exercise both pre and post festivities.
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