Thanksgiving Safety Tips for Cats and Dogs

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Before you defrost the turkey - there are some considerations to keep in mind to keep our pet safe and healthy over the holiday weekend! Have a plan and talk to your vet in advance to discover where you would need to take your pet if anything happened.

Here are some tips all dog and cat owners should keep in mind this holiday season:

BE MINDFUL OF POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS FOODS

We know it can be tough, but try to keep the people food for the people! Make or buy a SPECIAL holiday treat for your pet that is formulated for them, like a new bone or homemade treats. They will enjoy it just as much, and maybe more!

Here are some holiday favourites that are hazardous for pets:

Chocolate is toxic to dogs and cats. Although the toxicity can vary based on the type of chocolate, the size of your pet, and the amount they ate, it’s safer to consider all chocolate off-limits to pets.

Other sweets should be kept out of reach of pets. They are too rich for pets, and an artificial sweetener often found in baked goods, candy and chewing gum, xylitol, has been linked to liver failure and death in dogs.

Turkey and turkey skin can cause a life-threatening condition in pets known as pancreatitis.

Table scraps should be kept away from pets. Many foods that are healthy for people are poisonous to pets, including onions, raisins and grapes.

Clear the food and trash from your table, and keep it off the counters and serving areas when you are done using them. A turkey or chicken carcass left out could be deadly to your pet. Dispose of carcasses and bones in a covered, tightly secured trash bag placed in a closed trash container outdoors.

GIVE YOUR PETS A “CHILL” SPOT

Having visitors come and go frequently can upset pets. Even pets that aren’t ordinarily shy may become nervous in the excitement and noise!

Make sure your pet has a comfortable, quiet place inside if they want to retreat and get away from the commotion if they wish to.

Pets that are nervous around people should be put it in another room or a crate with a favourite toy.

GIVE GUESTS AND KIDS THE LOWDOWN ON PET SAFETY, TOO!

Communicate with your guests that your pet will be around and a plan with your visitors if they are bringing pets to your house. Consider any guests who have allergies so they can take any needed precautions to protect themselves.

Watch the exits, especially when people are entering or leaving your home. While you’re welcoming guests and collecting coats, your four-legged family member may make a break for it and become lost. Just in case, keep your pet’s collar and tags on during the holidays.

There are just a few helpful tips to make entertaining this year a breeze!

With that said, we wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving weekend.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR PET’S SAFETY, GIVE US A CALL AT 250.339.6555.

Yours in good health.

From the desk of Dr. Gastis