Thanksgiving Dog Safety Tips & Reminders
We all look forward to Thanksgiving each year and as the day approaches, we are reminded of what we are truly thankful for. A little extra attention to your dog during the festivities can make all the difference when celebrating Thanksgiving and makes for a safer day. Jet Pet Resort has 5 quick reminders for you to think about this year!
Thanksgiving reminders for your dog’s safety
Reminder #1 – Update Pet ID and Collar
Because Thanksgiving is about spending time with loved ones, you may have numerous people coming and going throughout the day. If this is the case, it is a good idea to update your pet’s collar and make sure that your contact information is clear and easy to read in case Fido makes a break out the door while no one is watching!
Reminder #2 – The Feast is For Humans
First off, resist the urge to feed your dog a turkey bone! Turkey bones are brittle and sharp and can easily become lodged in your dog’s throat or digestive system. Overindulging in fatty foods can lead to an upset stomach, diarrhea, or a life-threatening condition called pancreatitis. A few strips of turkey on a dog’s normal food is fine, but don’t overdo it, no matter how much they sympathetically beg. Keep in mind that turkey skin can wreak havoc with a dog’s digestive system, so make sure they get skinless, boneless turkey if you want to give them a special treat.
Reminder #3 – Deserts Can Be Deadly
Chocolate is dangerous for dogs in particular because it contains theobromine, a caffeine-like ingredient that can be toxic to your pet. Dogs are not able to metabolize theobromine as quickly as humans. Complications include digestive issues, dehydration, excitability, and a slow heart rate. Consider all the cookie and desserts offered during the holidays, many of which contain chocolate and try to change up the variety.
Reminder #4 – Tie Up the Trash
Of course, greasy turkey-encrusted tin foil poses a particular temptation to a dog. Toothpicks, strings and other items used in turkey preparation can also become attractive nuisances to a canine. A typical Thanksgiving feast eventually leads to a ton of trash – make sure that you dispose of right away.
Reminder #5 – Don’t Skip the Walk
If your dog does not miss its regular walks, grooming and personal attention, it will be most likely remain calmer and more content throughout the feast/day. For ideal health, best behaviour and minimizing distress, your dog should enjoy exercise as usual on Thanksgiving.
In conclusion, these 5 easy reminders will help make your Thanksgiving holiday a little safer for your dog, and perhaps even give you better peace of mind. Of course next year, you could always bring your dog to Jet Pet Resort for a luxury stay. There are none of the deadly temptations around, lots of fun activities, so many new friends, and our guests will be enjoying their own Thanksgiving celebration with the staff this year! Have a great Thanksgiving holiday and we hope to see you soon.
Also, read our 5 thanksgiving day safety tips.