Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and for Americans it is a very special holiday for gathering family together and celebrating. For dogs this can also be a wonderful time, their owners have time off work, which can mean longer walks, more cuddles and attention, and the possibility of special treats that don’t come along every day. However, holidays also come with dangers and it is important for all pet owners to be aware and proactive in keeping our dogs safe from harm.
Thanksgiving smells are foreign and delicious to dogs. They may be more motivated than ever to beg, borrow, and steal whatever they can get their little paws on and if they are successful they will gobble down their treats in a big hurry. Here are some holiday tips to keep your dog out of harms way.
First off, keep a very close eye on the dinner table, never leave it unattended, and put all leftovers away as soon as you are finished eating. Turkey bones are very dangerous for dogs. They pose a serious choking hazard for your dog and can lead to an unpleasant and costly emergency trip to the veterinarian.
Secondly, ensure that the garbage is secure so your dog doesn’t go through it looking for some roast beast, especially turkey fat that you have thrown out. Turkey fat can cause pancreatitis in dogs, which can be deadly.