As we gather together this Thanksgiving, it can be all too easy to lose track of the furry members of our families. Pet Wellness Clinics has some handy do’s and don’ts for you to keep your pets happy and healthy in the midst of the Thanksgiving hustle and bustle.

First, don’t expect more of your pet than they can handle. For a pet who’s used to being alone, or just with your family, it may be overwhelming to find themselves in a room full of unfamiliar company.

Don’t give your pet table scraps. It is frequently bad for dogs and cats to have table scraps, and it can make them sick very quickly. Some things you’ll want to keep away from your pet are:

  • Rich, fatty foods (turkey skin and gravy)
  • Dishes that include onions and sage
  • Grapes, raisins and currants
  • Nuts
  • Chocolate
  • Dishes prepared with artificial sweeteners (Xylitol)
  • Alcohol
  • Coffee

Don’t leave trash cans open. Close all trash cans and take tempting trash out of the room and away from areas where your pet will be spending time so they are not tempted to get into it.

Do set up a special room or area for your pet to play and spend time in during the meal or escape the full house.

Do make the time for a walk or a play session prior to company arriving. It’s a good idea to wear your pet out in the morning before guests arrive.

Do feel free to offer your pet small portions of options that are SAFE from the Thanksgiving table, including:

  • Skinless, boneless cooked turkey
  • Plain green beans, carrots, pumpkin or sweet potatoes

Do watch out for or non-edible items that your pets may be able to gain access to, including the following:

  • Baking strings
  • Cooked turkey bones
  • Corn cobs
  • Aluminum foil or other food wrapping / coverings
  • Holiday decorations / plants

Do keep your vet’s phone number and the emergency vet’s number on hand in case an emergency does occur. If you believe that your pet has ingested a toxin, please contact them immediately.

Do make sure that your pet is wearing a collar with a current identification information and has updated microchip information. If you’re traveling, this is a MUST. If you are hosting guests, your home will essentially have a revolving door, and not all of your guests will be aware of your pet’s whereabouts at any given time.

Following these tips will not only keep your four-legged friends safe, but it will improve your whole family’s holiday experience as well.

Your pets deserve the best veterinary care possible