Thanksgiving Safety Tips for Your Pets

Thanksgiving is a holiday that lots of people look forward. It is a time for food and family. While all these things are great for people, they can sometimes be hazardous to our pets. When planning for your Thanksgiving dinner, there are a few things you should keep in mind...

  • Keep the feast on the table—not under it. Eating turkey or turkey skin sometimes even a small amounts can cause a life-threatening condition in pets known as pancreatitis. Fatty foods are hard for animals to digest, and many foods including onions, raisins and grapes are deadly to animals. If you want to share a Thanksgiving treat with your pet, make or buy a treat that is made just for them.
  • No pie or other desserts for your pooch. Chocolate can be harmful for pets, even though many dogs and even some cats find it tempting and will sniff it out and eat it. The artificial sweetener called xylitol – commonly used in gum and sugar-free baked goods – also can be deadly if consumed by dogs or cats.
  • Yeast dough can cause problems for pets, including painful gas and potentially dangerous bloating.
  • Be careful with decorative plants. Don’t forget that some flowers and festive plants can be toxic to pets. These include amaryllis, Baby’s Breath, Sweet William, some ferns, hydrangeas and more.
  • If your pet is not traveling with you for Thanksgiving, make plans ahead of time for them to either stay at home with a pet sitter, or board at Brook Farm.
  • If you are hosting Thanksgiving, be aware that it might be an overwhelming experience for your pet so have so many people around. Have a safe place dedicated for your pet to “get away” or even keep them in a room with the door closed.

With these great tips, you can have your turkey, and eat it, too!

 

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