For many, Thanksgiving is a time of turkey, stuffing, football and family! When it comes to our favorite furry family members, it can be hard to remember that such a festive day can pose so many threats to their safety. Read on for our top three dog safety tips this Thanksgiving.
1) Keep thanksgiving dinner on the table.
While it can be tempting to let your pup join in on the festivities by sharing your thanksgiving meal, many human foods are dangerous for dogs, especially carved turkey, who’s bones can cause internal damage if digested. If you hate to leave Fido out of your traditions, check out our post on human foods dogs can eat this Thanksgiving.
2) Be conscious of guests.
If you are hosting guests this Thanksgiving, keep in mind that extra feet in and out of doors can mean an opportunity for your dog to wander. You can combat this by creating double barricades (like baby gates on doorways) and ensure that the first barricade is closed before the second is opened. Also, in regards to food, be sure to ask your guests not to slip your dog a “treat” under the table.
3) Secure your trash.
Just as your mouth begins to water as you smell the turkey cooking in the oven, your dog will be intrigued by all the marvelous smells of your feast! Your garbage may be extra appealing after preparing the meal, but raw food remnants as well as packaging and wrappers are dangerous for dogs to digest. While your pooch may practice self-restraint under normal circumstances, it won’t hurts to ensure that your trash is out of their reach.
We hope these tips help you and your furry family members to enjoy a happy and healthy Thanksgiving! Have more tips to share with the Rover community? Leave them in the comments below!
The information provided in this article is not a substitute for professional veterinary help.