Thanksgiving is almost here and all around the nation, people are dreaming about the big Turkey Day. But we’re not the only ones dreaming about our homes filling with the sweet aroma of Thanksgiving food. Our little four-legged friends enjoy it too. I mean, think of fantastic it smells to us and we only have a fraction of the olfaction that they do.
However, planning a big feast is a big undertaking. Most of our kitchens turn into a bustle of activity, food, family and fun. And it’s easy for our pets to get mixed in all of the commotions. That’s why knowing a few good safety tips will help make sure they stay safe and healthy.
Talk to guests about table scraps
It’s fine to give your pets a little taste of lean turkey and fresh veggies, just make sure guests know that table scraps are not allowed. We know it can be terribly hard to say no to those pleading eyes, but it could lead to a world of digestive issues.
Immediately dispose of trash bags of food waste
Also, our pets know that there are delicious little samples of Thanksgiving in those bags. And if you get distracted they can easily try to tear into it. Needless to say, there are tons of things in there that could get them in trouble.
Keep an eye on children’s interactions with pets
Pets and children can be the best of friends, but they can also be double trouble. That’s why keeping an eye on both of them is very important.
Give them a quiet area
Moreover, if your pets are nervous or flight risks, it may be best to set them up a room just for them. Let guests know that room is off limits. Then put tons of toys and treats, along with their bed and turn on a radio or the TV on low volume to drown out the noise and help them relax.
Make sure they are wearing updated tags
With guests coming in and out there is always a chance your pet could get out. That’s why it is imperative that their microchips and tags are current.
Make arrangements if you’re going out of town
Are you leaving for the weekend? Making sure your pets are well taken care of is very important. Your pet can get into a lot of trouble on their own (spilt water bowls, trapped or tangled in cords, etc). And hiring a pet sitter or setting them up for boarding will ensure they are safe. Make sure to give us a call as soon as you know your plans so you can book services!
After all, we all want to have a successful and joyful Thanksgiving. Therefore taking just a few moments to check off a safety list will ensure everyone has a happy, fun, and filling day!