The pie. No, the potatoes. No wait, definitely the rolls. Oh, sorry — we’re just over here daydreaming about Thanksgiving. Whether you host the whole family or keep it low-key, it’s a day to slow down and practice gratitude for loved ones, life and seriously delicious food. Like any holiday though, it’s also a time when pet safety can be easily overlooked. Guests come and go, food is everywhere, and things just feel…chaotic. Check out our top five tips for a safe and happy Thanksgiving for all.
1. Human food is for humans.
This special day is all about food, and you just know your dog will beg (maybe even your cat, TBH). Keep an eye on them to make sure they’re not sneaking scraps — or worse, digging into an entire dish left unsupervised. Fatty food, poultry bones, yeast and other human fare isn’t safe for pets, as it can be a choking hazard or potentially cause severe digestive discomfort. And remember: Dogs should never eat chocolate.
2. Keep an eye on exits.
The aunts, the grandparents, the cousins, the friends. If you’re hosting, your front door will see a steady rotation of guests — and several opportunities for your pet to dash outside. Before welcoming visitors and collecting coats, consider leading your pet to another room with their bed, some favorite toys and a closed door.
3. Road trip! …with a harness or carrier.
Ever plan holiday travel solely around your pet? Because same. If you’re driving, use a secure harness or carrier to transport them, which can offer protection if you suddenly brake or swerve. Never drive with your pet in the bed of a truck.
4. Skip the dangerous decor.
That festive feel around the house makes the holidays glow, but remember that certain items aren’t suitable to have around pets. Salt-dough ornaments, potpourri, lilies, poinsettias, pine needles, lit candles and broken ornaments are among common hazards. Just to be safe, keep all decorations up high and out of reach.
5. Everyone just stay calm.
The holidays can be stressful for pets, who have no idea what’s going on (why all the sudden commotion?!). You know your pet best, especially if they’re naturally anxious or don’t respond well to new people. Keep in mind that while the festivities are in full swing, they might prefer being alone in a quiet room with their bed, a few toys, and food and water.
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