As Thanksgiving approaches, the excitement of delicious feasts and family gatherings fills the air. However, amidst the festivities, it’s essential to prioritize the safety and well-being of our four-legged family members.
At Pets a Go Go, we understand the importance of including your furbabies in the holiday celebration while keeping them safe and happy. Below you will find our top tips for ensuring your dog has a tail-wagging Thanksgiving experience.
Mindful Meal Planning: Thanksgiving is synonymous with sumptuous meals, but not all the dishes on the table are suitable for our canine companions. While it’s tempting to share the feast with your dog, certain foods can be harmful to them. Avoid feeding your dog foods like onions, garlic, grapes, chocolate, and anything sweetened with xylitol. Choose dog-friendly treats or prepare a special plate of lean turkey, plain sweet potatoes, or green beans to share with your furry friend.
Create a Safe Space: Thanksgiving gatherings can be overwhelming for dogs with the hustle and bustle of guests, loud noises, and tempting smells from the kitchen. Consider creating a quiet, comfortable space for your dog away from the chaos. Set up their bed, favorite toys, and some soothing background music to help them relax. Inform your guests about your dog’s safe space, ensuring everyone is on board with keeping it a stress-free zone.
Mind the Trash: After the feast, the kitchen may become a treasure trove of enticing smells for your dog. Dispose of leftovers and scraps promptly and securely to prevent your dog from indulging in potentially harmful foods. Keep trash cans covered or in a closed cabinet to avoid any mishaps. If you’re hosting guests, remind them to be vigilant about disposing of plates and scraps responsibly.
Watch for Decorative Dangers: Thanksgiving decorations add a festive touch to your home, but some can pose risks to your dog. Keep an eye out for items like candles, potpourri, and decorative plants, which may be toxic if ingested. Place decorations out of your dog’s reach, ensuring a safe and enjoyable environment for everyone. If you’re using candles, consider flameless alternatives to eliminate fire hazards.
Regular Exercise: With the holiday hustle, it’s easy to overlook your dog’s exercise routine. It is important to maintain their regular walks and playtime, even with the holiday festivities. A tired dog is a happy and well-behaved dog, reducing the chances of them getting into mischief or becoming stressed during the holiday commotion.
Emergency Preparedness: Despite our best efforts, accidents can happen. Be prepared by having the contact information for your veterinarian and the nearest emergency animal clinic readily available. Familiarize yourself with the signs of distress or illness in dogs and be proactive in seeking professional help if needed. Quick action can make a significant difference in your dog’s well-being.
This Thanksgiving, let’s extend our gratitude to our furry companions by prioritizing their safety and happiness. With mindful planning, a bit of training, and a watchful eye, you can create a festive and joyous atmosphere for both your family and your canine friend. At Pets a Go Go, we wish you and your dog a Thanksgiving filled with love, laughter, and wagging tails. If you would like to chat with us about how to celebrate Thanksgiving safely with your furbaby, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.