Thanksgiving safety tips for your pet

Thanksgiving is an exciting time for everyone. Even our pets experience the anticipation of the day. The aromas of Thanksgiving dinner and all the extra people make things lively and stimulating. But Thanksgiving can also be a dangerous day for our pets. You can help keep them safe by following a few simple guidelines.

Thanksgiving Dinner

One of the greatest dangers for our pets on Thanksgiving is the food which is the center of our day. Many of the food items we eat can be toxic to dogs and cats.

* Raisins in the stuffing can cause kidney failure in dogs.

* Alcohol is toxic, so a spilled glass of wine can be very dangerous.

* Leftover turkey can be dangerous if it contains bits of bone, which can splinter and get lodged in their throats.

* Other foods that can be toxic are grapes, onions, chocolate, raw bread dough, avocados, and macadamia nuts.

Dinner Guests

In addition to food, Thanksgiving is a day for family and friends. As a child, my parents hosted Thanksgiving for our extended family, and the house was always brimming with relatives. As nice as it is for us, it can pose risks for our pets. Both children and adults, who are not familiar with your pets, can impose unintentional dangers.

* Doors that are left open as guests frequently go in and out can allow your pet to escape unnoticed.

* Children who are unaccustomed to handling your pets can cause them harm, or even to bite or scratch out of fear.

* Guests may not be aware how harmful table scraps can be for your pets and not realize the potential danger in sharing their dinner.

Excitement and Stress

Our pets can become stressed just like us. If the house is full of guests, adding to the hustle and bustle of the day, pets can become frightened or over-stimulated. This often leads to bad behavior which your pet may not normally exhibit.

* Be sure everyone knows the rules. Brief the children with their parents present so everyone understands the importance of being careful around the pets.

* If you are to not able to gate off an area to keep your pet from escaping through an open door, it might be best to secure them in another room, away from all the action.

Just being aware and taking a few simple precautions can keep your pets safe on Thanksgiving.

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