Safely Sharing Thanksgiving With Your Pets

by Kimberly Wade

I think by now you all know that I consider my pets family, as does everyone at Nevada Humane Society. Celebrating the holidays with them is simply second nature—and it should be! We all love to show our pets our appreciation during the holidays, and with Thanksgiving around the corner, I thought it was appropriate for some gentle reminders about keeping our pets safe.

Food Safety

Thanksgiving may be one great meal, but there are certain things you shouldn’t feed dogs and cats:

  • Turkey bones, or other bones that could splinter
  • Onions, garlic, walnuts and macadamia nuts
  • Some mushrooms are bad for pets, though to be safe, avoid all mushrooms
  • Raw bread dough, nutmeg and sage
  • Alcohol and chocolate (most sweets, actually)

On the plus side, what that you can share (in moderation) includes:

  • White-meat turkey (no skin or bones) and mashed potatoes (no butter or gravy)
  • Raw apple slices and corn
  • Cranberries, peas and green beans are excellent for dogs!
  • Pumpkin, plain or cooked, is excellent for both cats and dogs—and has other health benefits when it comes to #2 potty behavior!

Other Holiday Safety Tips

Guard the trash! We know the trash will be filled with all of those no-no’s from above, which means it’ll smell pretty tasty to any animal. Take it out as soon as you’re done with it to prevent any mishaps.

Give Pets a Getaway

Having a house full of guests may be stressful, especially if your pets aren’t super social. Have a private room set aside for them with their toys and beds, calming music or TV.

Check ID

Those same guests may not be familiar with your pets, so not only do you want to be sure they don’t accidently let anyone outside, but be sure your pets are all microchipped (and that the chip is registered with up to date info) and tagged, so that if they do get out, you can easily identify them. You can also do what my husband and I do—the door stays locked and when the doorbell rings, we personally answer the door and hold off our pets until our guests are safely inside. All of our fur-kids are social, so we keep a close eye on humans and pets alike to prevent disaster.

Thanksgiving is meant to be shared among those you love. So go ahead, include your pets, but be safe about it.

One more thing. Nevada Humane Society is closed Thanksgiving Day, so from all of our four-legged family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving and don’t forget about Giving Tuesday, November 28, where we ask that you give back (after a major shopping weekend—that was for you, and this is for the animals) to us, to help our homeless pets.

Upcoming Events: Bring your pet for photos with Santa Paws, Friday, December 8 from 4 to 6pm, and Saturday, December 9, from 10am to 4pm at 2825 Longley Lane in Reno. Photos are $10 each and all proceeds benefit homeless pets. It will be busy, so patience is key, but we promise it’s a great time! Cupcake Day is also on December 9, where you can sample one or take home a dozen for a small donation.

 

 

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