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Thanksgiving With Pets

Turkey Day is just around the corner! As you start preparing for the autumn holiday, your four-legged buddy will be right there with you. Be sure to keep your pet’s safety in mind this Thanksgiving: holidays can be very dangerous—and stressful—for our animal friends. In this article from Westside Animal Hospital, a Savannah, GA vet discusses Thanksgiving with pets.

Food

There’s nothing wrong with giving your furry friend a special treat, but be very careful with what you offer them. Many popular foods are dangerous for dogs and cats! Never give Fido or Fluffy meat on the bone; garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; chocolate; nuts; grapes, currants, or raisins; pitted fruits; alcohol; or anything containing xylitol. You can offer your pet some of that delicious holiday turkey, as long as it is unseasoned and has had the bone, skin, and fat removed. Ask your vet for more information.

Company

Dogs and cats all have their own individual personalities. Some pets are quite friendly, and will immediately request belly rubs and ear scritches from guests. Others are more uneasy around strangers. If your furry buddy tends to get nervous when you have company over, put your bashful pet in a quiet back room with food, toys, bedding, and, in Fluffy’s case, a litterbox. Put a baby gate at the door, so your four-legged friend won’t feel isolated or lonely. This is also a good idea for people with dogs that beg: Fido’s theatrics may be cute, but they can make people uneasy.

Pet Fur

Before the big day, vacuum and dust your home thoroughly, change your air filters, and give your furry pal a good brushing. Wash throw pillows and slipcovers, guest room linens, and your pet’s bedding. If you have a dog, give Fido a bath, so he’ll look and smell nice when your company arrives.

Hazards

Aside from food, there are some other seasonal hazards for pet parents to be aware of. Candles and potpourri burners are one concern. Keep these items in high, secure spots, where curious pets can’t reach them. Certain decorative items can also be dangerous. Avoid setting out anything with small pieces, sharp edges, or dangling threads: these can choke or entangle playful dogs and cats.

Enjoy your holidays! Contact us here at Westside Animal Hospital, your local Savannah, GA animal clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs.

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