Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We hope you are all well and enjoying the holiday season. We’ve gathered a few last minute safety tips for a great Thanksgiving with your pets. These tips can help your holiday come off without a hitch…

  1. Secure your trash can. All those wonderful cooking smells we associate with Thanksgiving are just as enticing to our pets.  In addition to the extra mess a spill would cause, there are several potential dangers lurking in your bin—turkey bones which could splinter, for example. (For additional items to avoid, please see last week’s post which can be found here.)
  2. The kitchen should be a human only zone. Can you imagine how awful it would be to trip over your fur baby while carrying a pot of boiled potatoes? Play it safe and keep pets out of the kitchen.
  3. Table scraps and handouts. Some experts advise against it and would go so far as to suggest that pets be placed in a quiet, secure area during the meal… but not outside! At the moment, many areas of the country are experiencing cold weather—so if it’s cold for you, it’s cold for your pets. Keep ‘em inside. (Also, if you want suggestions on pet-friendly treats your pets could safely enjoy, check out last week’s post.)
  4. Keep those collars on. Make sure your pet’s ID includes your current phone numbers. Sometimes lively celebrations or travel can cause some animals stress. If your pet has ID and a microchip, he will have a better chance to make it back home.
  5. New toys can be a great idea for distraction. Similarly, your pet may enjoy a few festive treats or his usual diet served a bit differently—like in a Kong toy.


So that’s our top 5 safety tips for a great Thanksgiving with your pets. What’s yours? Leave a comment or hop on over to Facebook and dish!

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