Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe on Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving from Dog Milk!
Here are some Thanksgiving tips for your pup from Miles, Lulu, and Beans to keep your pet safe on Turkey Day:
1. No canines in the kitchen
In most households on Thanksgiving, the kitchen can be a dangerous place, particularly if you’re low to the ground. With hot pots, pans, and plates being whisked in every direction, unsuspecting pets hoping to catch a bite can be seriously injured. The best way to prevent kitchen accidents is to keep Fido out of the chef’s corner throughout the entire evening. A space of his/her own will be the best and most relaxing solution for everyone.
2. Be mindful of table scraps
Just like you, your dog is going to want to indulge on Thanksgiving. Can you imagine what your holiday feast must smell like with a heightened sense of smell? While it’s perfectly fine to share a small piece of boneless, skinless turkey meat with your dog, some foods on your holiday menu could be toxic for your pets. Click here for a list of food no no’s. Make sure to inform your guests not to give in to your pooches’ big eyes and salivating mouths. It may be best to confine your dog during dinner all together. It’s really for his/her own good and well-being.
3. Plan ahead and pack a snack
On Thanksgiving, feed your pet as you would any other day to ensure they don’t attack the table once they smell all that good food. If you stick to the usual routine, they will be more likely to abide by the everyday rules. If you’re bringing your pet to someone else’s house, pack a snack for your pet and bring it along and ask others to feed your dog the pre-packed snack rather than table scraps.
4. Stay alert!
With guests going in an out of the house, your dog might be tempted to take a little stroll outside should the opportunity present itself. Be vigilant about where your pets are and remind guests to do the same. I like to tape notes to the doors that read “If you leave the door open, I will run! Please keep the door shut for my safety. Thank you! – Miles the Dog.” Just in case, make sure that your pets are wearing their ID tags before guests arrive in case the unthinkable happens.
5. Pets welcome?
If you are traveling to someone else’s home for Thanksgiving, be sure to ask them if it’s OK before you show up with your dog. Not everyone likes dogs — and even if they do — the holidays might not be the best time to bring a pet to someone’s home. There is a lot going on already without having another body running around the house!