Of all the things we are all truly grateful for, the health, safety, and general well being of our four-legged best friends surely top the list. It may seem like an easy feat, but keeping our pets far from danger is anything but. 

During this time of year, it remains essential to have a firm grip on what Thanksgiving pet safety entails. With all measures in place, you can sit back, relax, and have a slice of pie.

Staying Close

Pets are at risk of accidental separation throughout the year, but it’s keenly felt around the holidays. Starting with Thanksgiving, we encourage all owners to check (and re-check) their pet’s collars and tags. If they don’t have a microchip yet, or you’ve changed your contact information since original registration, please let us know

A Cozy Place

If you’re hosting this year, provide a quiet, comfortable place for your pet to retreat to. Sure, they may be content to mingle and observe your guests. But if they’re not, you’ve already got your bases covered.

Keep an eye out for any signs of stress or anxiety and act quickly to comfort your pet. If necessary, provide a walk or some relaxation together. 

Out & About

If you’re traveling with your pet this Thanksgiving, please be aware of the following:

  • Depending on where you’re going and how you’re getting there, certain certifications proving complete vaccinations and parasite prevention may be required. Please let us know if you need assistance.  
  • Take frequent breaks while driving to ensure a smoother trip. Pack treats, fresh water, food, bedding, toys, and the proper restraining equipment.
  • Be sure to bring your pet’s crate if you need to safely contain them during your host’s Thanksgiving dinner.
  • Consider boarding your pet while you’re away.

Thanksgiving Pet Safety

It’s no small feat to eliminate your pet’s chances of finding a tasty tidbit or two. To reduce the risk of over-indulging or choking, take the trash outside and be sure the lid is secured. Turkey bones are unsuitable for pets, in addition to the following ingredients that threaten Thanksgiving pet safety:

  • Dark, faty meat
  • Gravy or butter
  • Uncooked yeast dough
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Chocolate
  • Xylitol
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Grapes, raisins, currants
  • Onions, garlic, leeks, scallions

To help satisfy your pet’s appetite and/or curiosity, create a meal just for them with a few bites of cooked white meat, steamed sweet potato, green beans, apples, carrots, and unsweetened cranberry sauce. 

Afterwards, offer a run or walk to the park to burn off any holiday jitters, and reward them with loads of affection and praise.

Decor… and More

Lastly, adherence to Thanksgiving pet safety measures should include a watchful eye of plants, cut flowers, decorations, and lit candles.

If our veterinarians and staff members can assist you with additional questions or concerns about Thanksgiving pet safety, please let us know. We’re always here for you at True Care Veterinary Hospital.