How to keep your pet safe during Thanksgiving

Posted at 8:39 AM, Nov 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-23 08:58:21-05

Don't forget about your pet's safety while preparing for Thanksgiving!

Here are a few reminders and tip on how to keep your pets safe during the holidays from PetPace:

  • Avoid toxic treats - Common holiday foods like turkey, fatty meats, bones, onions, grape products, yeast dough, raw eggs or batter, chocolate and sugar-free confections with the artificial sweetener xylitol should be kept away and out of reach from pets. These foods can cause a range of harmful conditions in pets, including choking, irritation or blocking of digestive tracts, pancreatitis, salmonella, bloating, painful gas, vomiting and even death.
  • Secure trash bins - Don't underestimate how sneaky your pet can be! Pets can track down leftover food sitting on a counter or in a trash can. Items like turkey caucuses, food wrappers, strings and paper products can seem like food to a hungry cat or dog. Always make sure all trash is secured in a covered, tightly secured trash bag placed in a closed trash container.
  • Decorate with pets in mind - As Thanksgiving and other holiday decorations go up, it is important to consider the potential dangers they may pose to curious pets. Items like candles, plastic or glass decorative ornaments, electric cords and even certain kinds of plants should be placed out of reach or properly secured.
  • Party precautions- Having visitors for holiday celebrations can be exciting, however it may upset shy or less sociable pets. Keeping pets in a safe, confined area with their favorite toy during large holiday gatherings can greatly reduce their emotional stress and prevent escape through frequently opening exterior doors.