Thanksgiving Pet Safety Tips
Thanksgiving in Highland Park is all about food, family, and friends! Your pets will want to take part in all the festivities, too, but not everything is safe to share. The foods especially can be dangerous to them as well as decorations. Furthermore, some pets are more anxious around guests than others! To help you and your family have a safe and happy Thanksgiving, our animal hospital has come up with a list of Thanksgiving pet safety tips!
Keep the Food on Your Plate
Human food simply isn’t healthy for our pets because they can’t metabolize certain compounds the same way we can. While some foods won’t cause too much trouble, others are toxic. The foods in this list are highly toxic to cats and dogs and can cause a range of dangerous symptoms including vomiting/diarrhea, increased heart rate, high blood pressure, pancreatitis, and more. Keep these foods on your plate:
- Processed meats like ham and sausage
- Sugar-free baked goods and candy (which often contain xylitol, an artificial sweetener that is toxic to pets)
Steering Pets Away from Dangerous Decorations
Pets can’t help but be a bit curious. A flickering candle and festive decorations, like certain plants, flowers, and maybe some fairy lights, can all be very interesting for our pets. However, many of these can be dangerous. Candles can cause wax burns and even a fire if knocked over. Furthermore, many plants and flowers are toxic to pets if they ingest even just a tiny bit. Lilies, amaryllis, mums, baby’s breath, and many ferns are just some examples of toxic plants. Fairy lights, especially those that twinkle, can look like an interesting snack to pets and could cause a serious gastrointestinal blockage. Keep these well out of reach of curious noses!
Safety Around Guests
Pets can get a little anxious with a lot of new people around. And some people can get a little anxious with pets around! When you’re inviting people to your Thanksgiving dinner, ask them how they feel about your cat or dog and if they have any hesitations or allergies. As for your pet, you know them best. If they are generally friendly you can leave them out as your guests arrive. However, make sure your pet has a quiet place they can go to relax and unwind. Furthermore, with all the guests coming in and out, pets can easily slip out the door. Make sure you keep pets away from the door as your guests arrive and leave. It also may be a good idea to microchip your pet, in case they do escape!