Thanksgiving brings together family and friends to enjoy a holiday feast. The smell of a meal in the oven and delicious pies cooling on the counter may prove extra tempting for our furry friends. As we celebrate this year, it’s important to keep the health and safety of our pets in mind.
Here are a few tips:
- Avoid feeding your pets foods that can be potentially harmful or toxic to them. Foods like ham, onions, garlic, grapes, raisins, and chocolate can all cause serious health problems for your dog or cat.
- Remind house guests not to feed any table scraps to your pets, especially turkey bones. Bones can splinter and lacerate or obstruct your dog or cat’s digestive tract. Instead of giving your pet Thanksgiving leftovers, try giving them their own specialty pet treats.
- Keep your pets away from food sitting out on tables and countertops. Sweets like pumpkin pie and chocolate can make your pet ill.
- Thanksgiving may mean a lot of activity in the home, which can be overwhelming for some pets. Make sure to provide a quiet room where your pets can relax during Thanksgiving festivities.
- Always supervise interactions between pets and children.
- Make sure your pets have an up-to-date microchips and wearing current ID tags just in case they make a dash out the door during the Thanksgiving hustle and bustle.
- Research your local emergency vet clinic before the holidays. Most regular veterinary practices will be closed, so it’s important to know where to take your pet in case of emergency.
- If your pet does get lost, please visit the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA daily and fill out a lost report in our office. We also recommend you regularly visit pasadenahumane.org to view all animals currently housed at the shelter. The online list is updated hourly.
Happy Thanksgiving form the staff and animals at the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA.