November 15th, 2012
Thanksgiving Safety Tips for Your Dog
With Thanksgiving almost here, we wanted to talk about ways to keep your dog(s) safe during this family holiday. Here are some tips to make sure your pets remain safe and stress-free.
- Watch turkey bones. Don’t give table scraps that contain cooked turkey bones or leave plates with bones lying around. Cooked turkey bones are sharp and can be dangerous.
- Don’t give your pet fatty table scraps – this can cause pancreatitis or gastroenteritis, conditions that can be life threatening.
- Maintain your pets regular feeding and exercise schedule wherever possible. Disruption can cause stomach upset, diarrhea or vomiting.
- Keep close watch on the garbage, and make sure your dog can’t get into it especially if the turkey carcass is in there. I knew a dog who got into the garbage and ate a cooked turkey carcass. Unfortunately he didn’t survive.
- You may want to isolate your dog to give him a quiet place to go, especially if you are having a number of people over to celebrate. Situations like this can cause stress and giving him a place to retreat will help reduce the stress.
- Watch young children around your dog, especially if they haven’t met before. Children may inappropriately touch your dog without realizing they are doing anything wrong, and it can end up with the child being bitten.
- Keep your dog away from aluminum foil, wax paper and other food wrappings that can cause intestinal blockage.
- Don’t give your dog foods such as chocolate, onions, grapes and raisins. Even sage in the stuffing can cause gastrointestinal upset.
Following these simple and common sense tips will help to keep your dogs safe and help your family have a happy Thanksgiving.
Happy Thanksgiving from the team at Rocky’s Retreat!