As we have seen an increase of adoptions and fostering, this might be the first time many families celebrate Thanksgiving with a four-legged friend. Delicious food and new guests can quickly lead to a distraught pet so the Houston Humane Society wants to provide tips for a safe pet-friendly thanksgiving.
- Table scraps can be lethal – 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 yes, 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.
We wish every family a safe holiday season but in case your pet sneaks a bite in, make sure you have your veterinarian information available.