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Keep Your Pet Safe this Thanksgiving
November 15, 2015

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Like almost any major holiday, it brings with it a few pet hazards to be aware of. Use these tips from your Gresham, OR veterinary professional to keep your animal companion safe on Turkey Day:

Beware of Bones

Many pet parents—especially dog owners—like to slip their furry friend a tasty turkey bone on Thanksgiving as a special holiday treat. It’s best to think twice before doing this, as both cooked and uncooked bones can splinter apart when chewed. Sharp pieces can cut a pet’s mouth or throat, or even puncture the intestinal lining when swallowed. Instead of bones, offer your pet a chew toy.

Avoid Toxic Foods

Your Thanksgiving dinner table probably contains plenty of foods that pets shouldn’t have. The list includes onions, grapes, raisins, certain nuts, caffeinated beverages and foods, salt, fatty items, chocolate, candy, gum, and much more. It’s best to keep your pet out of the kitchen entirely on Thanksgiving in order to avoid any danger.

Keep an Eye on the Trash

An often-overlooked Thanksgiving hazard is the trash bag. It undoubtedly contains various pet hazards, from bones and toxic foods to fatty aluminum foil, string that could cause intestinal obstruction, and coffee grounds. Since pets can easily rip open a flimsy plastic bag if they put their minds—and claws!—to it, it’s safest to keep the bag in another room where pets don’t have access.

Alcohol Awareness

Will your holiday celebration include alcoholic beverages? Remember that alcohol is extremely dangerous for pets; it affects them the same way it affects us. The only difference is that, thanks to pets’ small size and nonexistent tolerance, alcohol poisoning can occur very quickly. Never let your pet anywhere near liquor, beer, wine, or champagne. Even foods cooked with alcohol, like glazed or soaked pastry items, can prove dangerous.

Prevent Unneeded Anxiety

Are guests arriving at your home this Thanksgiving? Make sure your pet doesn’t become overwhelmed. Before the big day, set up a “quiet zone” in a bedroom. Put a pet bed, some soft blankets, and a few toys in this low-traffic zone, and lead your pet there if you see them beginning to exhibit signs of stress or anxiety.

Would you like further advice on keeping your animal companion safe before Thanksgiving arrives? Call your Gresham, OR animal hospital for more great tips, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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