Thanksgiving Pet Safety
by Camilynne Wallen, LVT
Keep the feasts on the table. The best way to ensure our pets' safety is to keep them away from the food in the first place. To help with that, advise all family and friends coming to your house that table scraps are not appropriate for your pets. There's always one guest who just can't help themselves, so keep treats on hand that ARE safe for pets.
- Green beans
- Sweet potato
- Low fat cottage cheese
- Boiled chicken
These food items can be given in moderation as long as they are PLAIN. No gravy, sauces, or seasonings are appropriate.
- Pets should also not be exposed to nuts, raisins or grapes as these may be toxic.
- Baked goods are off limits. Chocolate and Xylitol (found in many sugar-free desserts) are toxic to pets.
- Keep the trash where pets can't find it. Be conscious of leaving food on the counter wile you eat or even putting the turkey carcass in the trash can. It is just as irresistible to them as it is to you!
Guests can be stressful for pets. Many pets are shy and timid and can be very stressed when there are many people at your house. Even if your guests are family and friends, sometimes just having too many people in the house at one time can be overwhelming for them. Allow them access to a quiet space such as a small bedroom or bathroom where they are comfortable and will not be disturbed. Exotic pets especially can be easily stressed, make sure they stay safely tucked away and are not disturbed.
Keep exits covered. With all the excitement, it is easy for our pets to slip out the door. This is also a good time to ensure your pets are microchipped. Permanent identification can reunite your family. If your pet is not microchipped, call us to schedule an appointment.
- Pets must be secured in the car using either a crate, or a pet approved restraint device.
- Never leave pets alone in your vehicle, regardless of the weather, for any length of time.
- Let us know if you plan to fly with your pet, or if you plan to board them. Special considerations should be taken for both situations to keep them safe. Health certificates and other documents may be needed, too!
- Always remember pets are family - pack essential items for them as well!
Be vigilant! If your pets are exposed to potentially dangerous food or plants, a fast response is your best chance at helping them. Contact your local veterinarian or emergency clinic immediately for guidance. It may also be helpful to call the ASPCA Poison Control Hotline at 888-426-4435. Common signs of a toxin ingestion are restlessnesss, vomiting, excessive drooling, tremoring, diarrhea, odd behavior changes, pain, or depression. If you notice these signs, or anything you are concerned about, please do not hesitate to contact a veterinarian.