For many people, Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year. Families and friends are reunited, children are filled with excitement, and pets are overjoyed to join the festivities and be a part of all that’s going on.
Despite a pet’s willingness to partake in all the activities that humans do, there should be some safety precautions in place to protect your precious pet this Thanksgiving. Below we’ll discuss a few safety tips to keep in mind this season.
If You’re Hosting . . .
Some dogs and cats love visitors while others become stressed at the sudden change in household dynamics. Either way, the American Veterinary Medical Association has provided a few key things to keep in mind.
If your pet becomes stressed, keep him in a safe space, such as a cozy room.
Some of our four-legged friends are overwhelmed and anxious by the increasing noise levels and crowded rooms of a holiday get together. If this is the case for your pooch or kitty, consider placing them in a safe space where they can more easily relax.
For example, utilize their crate with a favorite toy, or place their bed, food and water dishes, some toys and maybe even some soothing music in a space designed just for Kitty or Fido. Shut the door so guests don’t enter, and allow your fur baby to decompress and make it through the night with a little less anxiety.
If your pet becomes excited, try to prevent running away.
Other pets love the increased activity and are drawn to meeting each and every new person that walks through the door. In this case, it’s best to ensure Fido or Kitty doesn’t run away in all the activity by the main entrance.
A getaway can become incredibly likely in all the commotion of guests entering with food, greetings, and how do you do’s. It’s not a bad idea to place your pet in a safe area until everyone has arrived, then to let him out and enjoy the presence of everyone’s company in the safety of your home without the door constantly opening and shutting.
As a precaution, ensure your dog is microchipped and has his ID tags on him.
In the event that your dog or cat does slip through people’s legs and makes it to the open front door, it is vital that your fur baby has ID tags, and ideally, that they are microchipped. These are the two best ways to ensure you can be reunited with Fido or Kitty again.
If your pet is not microchipped but you would like to look into it, ask your vet about this quick procedure.
If You’re Traveling . . .
If you’re traveling, of course there are usually two options – you can bring your pet with you or leave them in the hands of a trusted pet sitter or kennel. Whichever you choose, there are a few things to keep in mind.
If traveling by car, ensure your pet is strapped into the seat.
It is always safest to keep your dog in the back seat and strapped in with a doggy seat belt. This will help him stay in place if you need to hit the brakes quickly or swerve. Additionally, be sure he is not sitting near an airbag, as this could cause further damage if you are ever in an accident.
Please feel free to review our article 5 Best Ways to Travel With Your Dog in the Car for more detailed tips and information.
If traveling by air, make sure it is safe for your pet to do so.
Some pets and specific breeds have trouble breathing at higher altitudes. Before taking your pet on an airplane, check with your veterinarian to determine if flying is a safe option for Fido or Kitty.
If leaving Fido behind, find a trustworthy pet sitter.
If Fido and Kitty are staying behind, it is always essential to find reliable care for them. If you choose a kennel, it is necessary to make sure all vaccines are up to date. As we near cold and flu season, it’s also a good idea to ensure your pet has received the flu vaccine.
Pet sitters, on the other hand, can provide one-on-one attention. If your pooch or feline doesn’t thrive around other animals, picking a pet sitter could be the best option for you. For those living in the Summerville, South Carolina area, Cane Bay would be honored to have the opportunity to watch your pet this holiday season. With specialized care and acute attention to detail, we make sure every pet has the best time possible.
If You Like to Share Food . . .
If you like to share food with your pet, the ASPCA reminds everyone that small portions are key, as overindulgence can lead to a deadly disease called pancreatitis.
A few safe foods include:
- Cooked, boneless turkey
- Mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes
A few foods to avoid include:
- Raw turkey
- Turkey carcass or bones
- Bread dough
- Raw dessert batter
Check out our article Can My Pet Eat Thanksgiving Leftovers? for a more complete list.
Thanks for stopping by! We’re glad you’re here and hope you enjoyed learning about safety tips for your pet this Thanksgiving. If you are traveling out of town for the holidays, please give Cane Bay a call at 843-879-0822. We’d be honored to watch your fur baby while you are away.