Now that the holidays are on the way, people will be spending more time indoors entertaining and that could mean trouble for those who want to include their pets in the fun. Here are ten simple tips to keep pets and their people safe as we get ready for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

1. Pay attention to your companion animal. Pets are often ignored in the rush and excitement of the holidays. This can lead to destructive boredom and mischief. Like dogs for example, Dogs are very social animals and if they are ignored most of the day they can get sad, depress or lead to destroying and break things because of boredom, Like breaking paper into little pieces and spreading it all over the floor, breaking the pair of a sock or worst breaking the comfort of a bed, that sort of thing.

 

2. Play with your dog or cat at least twice a day for a good length of time. A tired pet is less likely to do something “off limits.” Use baby gates to cut off access to restricted areas. Even if you’re not able to take them out at that precise moment play with your dog or cat inside your home and they’ll be just as happy.

Most cat only need 5 minutes play a day however dogs are very social and need company all the time. This is why we need to take our dog to a park or even in the backyard to play with a ball or fresbie or something that they love. And if you can include your dog to play together with your kids ,friends or other members of the family is even better. Dogs love to do things with the whole family and friends and being included in activities. Thus will leave your dog happy and satisfe and you’ll have a better behave dog too.

3. Unsure how your pet will react to all the new faces in the house? Create a safe, comfortable place for your pet to relax. Make sure you put out plenty of fresh food, water and toys. Also, nice music or a nice TV program like”Animal planet” or “Wild Life.

4. Traveling with your pet during the holiday? Make sure you bring all your pet’s supplies including food, dishes, leash and collar, toys as well any medications your peet may need.

5. Ensure your pet has some form of identification should they get lost. Microchipping is great. Actually my dog has a microchip, it’s a chip put under a pet skin and any veterinarian or animal service can scan it to get the pet’s name, phone number or name of owner. Use an engraved tag with your contact number.

6. If your dog will be staying with a friend, a pet sitter or at a boarding kennel during the holiday, plan well in advance to avoid any last-minute hassles. For example call the sitter or friend at least 4 to 5 days before to make sure they’ll be available and make sure to organize and get ready all your pets supplies in advance like the dog food, treats, bowls,toys, and Id tag.

7. Holiday goodies of any sort should be kept away from your pet. Chocolate, turkey bones, onions, garlic, and raisins are all dangerous for our pets.

8. It may be tempting, but don’t give your pet food off the table and keep an eye on the trash. The rich foods we typically eat during the holidays can be hard on your animal’s stomach and may lead to intestinal upset and diarrhea. Remember, poultry bones, including turkey, are a choking hazard.

9. CHOCOLATE (worth repeating) and sweet treats with the artificial sweetener Xylitol can also be toxic to pets.

10. Giving alcohol to a pet--even a sip or two--is dangerous and could be fatal.

If you think your pet may have ingested something toxic, head to or dial the nearest pet emergency clinic (Search the internet for “veterinary clinic” for one closest to you). You can also call the ASPCA Pet Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435 (there may be a charge

 

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2 Comments

  • JarieLyn |November 26, 2021 at 7:54 pm

    I love this post. So many people do ignore their pets during holiday get togethers. It’s nice to see some tips to help keep our fur babies safe.  My mom is notorious for feeding her dogs food from the table, even though deep down she knows she shouldn’t.  One thing I didn’t know was toxic for dogs is raisins.  Do you know why it’s toxic? Thanks for sharing that info in your article. I will always remember that from now on.

    • Claudia |November 27, 2021 at 4:44 pm

      Hello. The tartsric acid and Potasuim bitartrate are two components that are highly concentrated in grapes and raisins. And they are very bad for dogs. It can cause kidney failure and other health problems to dogs because they are very sensitive to tartarus acid. And even if it’s mix with other things it’s bad for dog. However there are other things you can feed your dog like potatoes,carrots and pumpkin however by itself with out salt or any seasoning.  Never the less you can add just 1 tsp of olive oil extra virgin on it. They love it and it has many good vitamins for them. If it’s a big dog no more the 1 TBS per day. Hope it helps.

      Safety: one tip is to always keep the garbage out of reach of dogs. Another one is to keep plastic and thing they can check on out of their reach specially from puppies. I hope this helps. If you have any question just reach out to me.

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