With Thanksgiving just hours away, there is bound to be lots of cooking, eating and undoubtedly begging. But as the responsible pet owner that you are, think twice before giving your furry family member that turkey leg. What may seem like a harmless way to say thanks to your favorite companion, has all the ingredients for a visit to the pet emergency room. And that is something that nobody wants!
Keep it “all wags” at the holiday season with these helpful tips:
Whether you want to get crafty and make your dog some paw-approved holiday treats or just want to say thanks the old-fashioned way, practice caution as you indulge your pooch. An extra scoop of food or treat goes a long way in your dog’s book. A word of advice, though: don’t go to your dinner plate when you want to show some extra love. Stick with treats that you know are safe, avoiding common holiday offenders like cooked bones, chocolate, candy, and fat trimmings.
Skip the Mistletoe
If you are anything like us, you probably get plenty of sloppy, wet kisses on the face. That said, skip the mistletoe this year. With your pets’ cardiovascular and gastrointestinal health on the line, its worth it. The only cardiovascular irregularity you need in your household is your heart melting when your furry family members shower you in affection.
Lights, Tree, Tree Stand
Before everyone gathers around the tree, make sure you have considered a couple of things:
- Does your dog have a chewing problem or does your cat think stringed lights are a play toy? If so, consider foregoing them this year.
- Do you have a stable – and we mean cat-launching-at-the-tree or dogs-rough housing-in-the-pine-needles – stable tree stand?
If you have assessed these important decorating factors, then hang those ornaments already. Oh, and that brings us to one last consideration: ornaments. What makes for pretty decorations often makes for breakable and dangerous messes, so consider waiting to hang what the dad in the Christmas Carol would call the “Frag-gee-lee” ornaments until your pets are comfortable around the tree.
The holiday season is a busy time of the year, but just make sure you don’t neglect your furry friends’ safety needs as things get hectic.
-Contributing Writer Libby Hastert