With Thanksgiving right around the corner, many pet owners may be thinking about sharing their festive experiences and meals with their four-legged friends. However, both table scraps and guests can pose dangers to pets. That’s why Houston Humane Society, one of the city’s largest non-profit animal shelters dedicated to eliminating animal cruelty, abuse, and the overpopulation of animals, is offering up four important tips to make sure all families have a safe Pets-Giving holiday.
- Avoid lethal table scraps. We know how tempting it can be to sneak a little turkey to Fido, but fatty foods can be difficult for many pets to digest and can lead to pancreatitis. Also, many of our feast favorites can be poisonous to pets such as onion, sage, nuts, desserts, chocolate, yeast dough, turkey skin, and even gravy! The last place you wish to spend your holiday is at the emergency vet with a high bill.
- Make a special plate for pets. If you wish to include your pets in the festivities, consider making a small meal that is safe and enjoyable! Feel free to add plain pumpkin, sweet potatoes (without butter/seasoning), carrots, green beans, or cranberries (no sugar added) to their dinner.
- Clean up any temptations. The trash can be very enticing, as well as dangerous, for our beloved pets. We recommend taking the trash out immediately after dinner to avoid any accidental bone chewing.
- Provide a quiet place if you are expecting guests. The commotion of cooking or new guests can overexcite any pet. Plan ahead by creating a safe place they can relax in a room or crate with their favorite toys, treats and bedding. This will also prevent them from accidentally escaping as you welcome guests.
In case your pet sneaks a dangerous bite in, make sure you have your veterinarian information available. For additional information on Houston Humane Society’s resources and supportive services, visit www.houstonhumane.org