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Thanksgiving Pet Safety Tips

Keeping Thanksgiving Happy and Safe: 10 Pet Safety Tips

Thanksgiving Pet Safety Tips

Thanksgiving is a time for families and friends to gather and show thanks for all the things they are grateful and happy to have.  The aroma of delicious holiday foods fills the air.  During this time of family, food, and giving be sure that you are not overly generous with giving table food scraps to your pets.  Too many treats can lead to illness or even injury to our pets.

2 Paws Up Pet Sitting would like to say Happy Thanksgiving, and offer 10 tips to keep your pets safe this holiday.  Let’s keep the Happy in Thanksgiving this holiday season.

1.    Fatty Foods can give your pet pancreatitis or gastroenteritis.  These can be painful and life threatening.
2.    Maintain your pet’s regular meal and exercise routine, and avoid the many holiday leftovers.  Even a disruption in their dietary routine can cause stomach upset, and lead to diarrhea and or vomiting.
3.     No bones please.  There are bones that can lacerate or obstruct your pets’ insides.  Save the bones for stock, and not your dog.
4.    We think of onions being so medicinal and good.  Although, onions and onion powers often found in stuffing and used as a seasoning will destroy your dogs or cat’s red blood cells, which can lead to anemia.
5.    Those other yummy health grapes and raisins contain a toxin that can cause kidney damage to both your beloved cat or dog.
6.    Chocolate can be fatal to your dog or cat.  So please keep the sweets well out of reach.
7.    Foil, wax paper and other food wrappings can cause intestinal obstruction.  Make sure they are placed securely in the garbage.
8.    Make sure your pet always has plenty of fresh water.  Check the bowl often.  Because this time of year many people are in the house and it’s easy for the water bowl to get knocked around.
9.    Make sure your pet has a safe place to retreat to should the holiday festivities become too much for him.  Please keep and eye on your pet to be sure they are not too stressed.
10.    Be sure that garbage is out of reach or securely fastened!  Your dog will think they hit the jackpot if they get into the garbage.  All they will be winning is health problems, such as gastric disturbance, vomiting, and diarrhea which in the worst case, death.

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