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Thanksgiving Safety For Dogs

Thanksgiving Safety For Dogs

Thanksgiving is a time of gratitude, family, and feasting. As we gather around the table to indulge in a delicious meal, it’s important to remember that our four-legged family members need extra care during this festive season. 

With tempting aromas, potential hazards, and increased household activities, Thanksgiving can pose various safety concerns for our beloved dogs. 

This blog post will discuss Thanksgiving Safety For Dogs to ensure an enjoyable Thanksgiving for you all. 

Food Watch

Thanksgiving is synonymous with mouth-watering dishes, but it’s crucial to be cautious about the food your dog consumes. Many human foods, including chocolate, onions, garlic, grapes, raisins, and nuts, are toxic to dogs. 

These can cause severe health issues, such as vomiting, diarrhea, pancreatitis, or even organ failure. Additionally, fatty and rich foods can lead to digestive problems or a potentially life-threatening condition called pancreatitis. 

Please keep your dog’s mealtime routine consistent and provide delicious, dog-friendly treats to avoid any temptation to grab something from the table sneakily.

Dispose of Scraps Properly 

While sharing leftovers with your dog may be tempting, it’s essential to dispose of scraps safely. Bones, especially those from cooked poultry, can splinter and cause choking hazards, mouth injuries, or intestinal blockages. Additionally, fatty scraps or greasy leftovers can lead to pancreatitis. 

Dispose of any leftover food securely in a covered trash can or place it outside your dog’s reach.

Create a Safe Space

Thanksgiving can be overwhelming for dogs due to increased noise, unfamiliar guests, and changes in routine. Create a calm and quiet space for your pup to retreat when feeling stressed or anxious. Provide a cozy bed, toys, and familiar objects to make them feel secure. 

Inform your guests about your dog’s safe space and kindly ask them to respect their boundaries. This will ensure that your dog has a peaceful retreat during the festivities.

Beware of Toxic Decorations 

Thanksgiving decorations can add a festive touch to your home, but some can be hazardous to your furry friends. Be cautious with candles; dogs can accidentally knock them over and start a fire. 

Keep decorative plants, such as poinsettias or amaryllis, out of reach, as they can be toxic if swallowed.

Should your dog eat something it should this Thanksgiving, take them to their vet immediately. Or if you don’t need to check if what they ate is harmful, visit the ASPCA Poison Control Hotline!

Nicole Packin UW-AAB, SAMP, CCWT, CCFT

Nicole founded The Packin Method with the mission to better the mental, emotional, and physical health of dogs by providing Treadmill Workouts, Canine Massage Therapy, and Bodywork. In addition, offering canine fitness education to pet parents and the community to help balance their pets' lives.

Nicole Packin UW-AAB, SAMP, CCWT, CCFT

Nicole founded The Packin Method with the mission to better the mental, emotional, and physical health of dogs by providing Treadmill Workouts, Canine Massage Therapy, and Bodywork. In addition, offering canine fitness education to pet parents and the community to help balance their pets' lives.

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