Thanksgiving is a time for all of us to express our gratitude for all of the wonderful things in our lives. For many of us, our pets are included in our thoughts of appreciation. And, though our pets are considered part of the family, they can’t participate in all of the holiday indulgences with us as we celebrate the holiday season.
As we feast and entertain, it is our obligation as good pet owners to put their well-being first, and keep them safe. So, before your guests arrive this week and before you dress the turkey, keep these tips in mind to keep your pet safe and full of cheer this Thanksgiving. Trust, us, they’ll be grateful and so will you!
- Whether you’re hosting guests in your home or travelling far out of town with your pet, you’ll want to be sure that they wear a collar and ID tag with your current contact information. In all of the hustle and bustle, you just never know what might happen.
- If your pet is microchipped, be sure to double check that all information associated with it is current. If your pet isn’t microchipped, it’s not too late to make an appointment with your veterinarian to do so before the holidays. Remember, pets may be around lots of guests coming in and out of your home, and your furry little friend could easily sneak off. So, be sure you have a reliable way to track them down should they escape.
- If you’re leaving your pet home for the holiday, employ a dependable pet sitter or boarding facility. It’s never a good idea to just leave pets alone for days at a time. Accidents can happen! From knocking over water bowls to accidentally pushing a knob on the stove – always make sure that someone is around to check on your pet.
- If you’re having guests over to your home for Thanksgiving celebrations and your pet is going to be wandering around, be sure to explain to guests that they’ll need to be careful around doors. If your pet is a door dasher, you should just go ahead, and keep them in another room while guests are coming in and out.
- Don’t skip on play time! Make sure that your pet gets his or her regular exercise and one-on-one time during the day. Whether this is with you or a pet sitter, it’s important to give them this time to relax and get all of their energy out so that they’re not taking it out on your home and your holiday happenings.
- A great way to distract and keep pets in-line while your guests are around is to be sure to have toys and treats on-hand. Not only will this distract them from everything going on around them and all of those tasty treats on your table, it will boost and reinforce their confidence by rewarding good behavior.
- Be sure to supervise all interactions between pets and children attending your gathering. No matter how well trained a pet is, sometimes they can get a bit anxious from all of the excitement around them, so this is for everyone’s safety.
- If you’re hosting Thanksgiving guests, remind all guests not to feed your pet table scraps. Remember, people food is not pet food! You don’t want to end up in the vet’s office because your pet ingested something harmful.
- If you have a counter-surfing pet, ask a reliable family member or guest to keep your pet occupied in another room during prep time. Then later, be sure to either put all food away instead of leaving it on the counters and tables or make sure that everything’s pushed far out of reach. And, don’t forget to take the trash out!