This year has been different in many ways - with Thanksgiving under COVID restrictions, you may be planning a more low-key and socially distanced gathering. As you prepare for this exciting event, we’ve put together a list of tips to keep your furry ones safe this holiday season.
1. Make sure your pet’s tag and microchip are up-to-date.
With the hustle and bustle and people going in and out of the house, your pet may try to sneak out the door at some point. Take a few minutes to check that your pet’s ID tags and microchip information are up to date and make sure your pets keep their collars (with ID Tags) on at all times.
2.Tire your pet out!
Our trainers always say, “a tired pet is a well-behaved pet!” This advice works for every day, but is really important for big holidays like this. If you’re worried your pet is going to be getting into trouble and bothering guests during Thanksgiving, try to spend a few hours a day leading up to the big day tiring your pet out! You can take them on longer walks, play with them in the backyard, and give them plenty of enrichment for their brains!
3. Create a safe space.
The increased activity in your home and scary protective masks may overwhelm your furry friend. Designate a safe space for your pet with plenty of fresh food, water, and toys. Don’t feel like they are being left out – they most likely prefer to relax!
4. Keep human food away!
Many holiday foods are dangerous to our pets. Turkey bones can easily go from being a special treat to a choking hazards that threatens your pet’s life. Chocolate, turkey meat, onions, garlic, and raisins are all dangerous or toxic for our pets and should be kept out of reach. Let your guests know not to feed your pets table scraps as well.
5. Secure your trash bin and use baby gates!
Okay, so your pet didn’t have any luck at the dinner table. Make sure you also secure or lock away your trash bin! Scraps and wrappers may be found in there that will upset your pet’s stomach.
Using baby gates to block off places where your pet may be tempted to misbehave, like the kitchen, is also a good idea!
6. Keep emergency information on hand.
If you think your pet has ingested something toxic, make sure you know which emergency veterinary hospital is closest to you. A quick Google search should do the trick.
Another good phone number to have on-hand is the ASPCA Pet Poison Control Center, which is 1-888-426-4435
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