So we’re just a week away from family & friends all gathering to share stories, enjoy that family traditional meal, and of course, so are the animals and I’m not talking about the cousins hahaha
I wanted to throw out a few tips to help keep your fur babies safe during the holidays.
1. Dangerous foods
For the most part, sticking to your pet’s normal food and treats is best for their digestion, though the occasional table scrap can be harmless. But there are some Thanksgiving foods that should be absolutely off-limits for the cats and dogs in the house.
- Stuffing often contains ingredients like onions, scallions, and garlic, all of which are toxic to dogs and cats. They can cause a life-threatening condition called anemia.
- Turkey is not inherently dangerous to dogs, and it is sometimes a main ingredient in dog foods. However, when preservatives, sauces, and other additives are introduced to the meat, it increases the toxicity level.
- Don’t drop any bones from the turkey, either. Bones can cause indigestion, become lodged inside your dog’s digestive tract, or splinter and tear up your pet’s organs.
- Ham is another popular entrée that is bad for pets, potentially causing indigestion and pancreatitis.
- Mashed potatoes are another food that’s technically safe for animals, but butter and garlic make this Thanksgiving staple unhealthy for pets.
- If your salads include grapes or raisins, make sure those little bites stay on the table because if they fall into your dog’s mouth, they can cause kidney failure that can turn fatal.
- Xylitol comes in some sugar-free baked goods, and it can be deadly to pets.
2. Kitchen safety
Be cautious about where your pets are roaming throughout the cooking process. If you allow them in the kitchen, keep them away from the hot oven door and stovetop.
Decorating the table with holiday-themed items makes for a great photo op. However, be careful leaving pets unattended near potentially dangerous decor, like candles! A low hanging tablecloth can attract your pet and provide access to the decorations and food, a potential dinner party disaster.
The same tip goes for trash cans. Keep them closed and, if possible, take them outside when they are full. No one wants their perfect pup digging through the trash bag.
So keep these easy steps in the back of your mind and enjoy the holidays with your family, Friends, and Furbabies