Don’t Be A Turkey: Protecting Your Pet from the Dangers of the Thanksgiving Meal

Photo Source:“Look at those eyes,” Aunt Margaret says as she lifts a piece of turkey from her plate. Another softie falling prey to the family beggar.

“Don’t do it,” you shout, just as Fido clamps his jaw around a nice juicy, gravy laden, piece of the Thanksgiving feast.

“What?” a defensive Auntie M asks. “A little turkey isn’t going to hurt him. Besides, it’s Thanksgiving and we all deserve a treat or two.”

Oh, if only everyone understood that well-meaning intentions could sometimes kill.

What’s the problem?

There are many potential problems sitting around the dining room table, starting with the turkey.

What’s the solution?

There are a few things you can do to avoid the possibility of having to rush out to the Emergency Vet Clinic on the holiday.

  • Set Fido up in a different room during the meal. Make sure he his regular food, plenty of water and maybe a couple of treats. If he’s crate trained, put him in his crate for the duration of the meal. This will avoid the temptation to pacify those begging whines with a sampling of the turkey, stuffing or pumpkin pie!
  • If you home will be a place of chaos and confusion over the holiday weekend, consider boarding your pet until your company leaves. This is especially a good idea if there will be young children there.
  • Talk to your guests and explain to them why it is important that they do not feed your dog any people food. Stress how sick he could become.
  • Do not leave leftovers, turkey carcass, bones, or any other enticements within reach of your unsupervised pet. Make sure trash is secured and not accessible.

Since the majority of ER pet visits over the Thanksgiving weekend are due to food-related incidents, taking extra precautions to keep your pet safe is not only prudent but financially sound as well. Treating your pet to fatty people food once a year is not the way to reward your pet for being such an awesome companion. The change in diet will surely cause intestinal upset … or worse. Let him know how thankful you are for him with a nice belly rub and an extra long walk. After all, your pet is one of your biggest blessings.

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