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Ways to Keep Your Pet Safe at Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is almost here! Pets are definitely something to be thankful for. Your canine companion will no doubt be supervising your holiday meal very carefully. This can be a dangerous time for our furry pals, however. Read on as a North Las Vegas, NV vet offers some tips on keeping your dog safe over the autumn holiday.

Choose Safe Foods

Fido is an important part of the family, and will definitely appreciate a special holiday meal. You can give your pooch some unseasoned, cooked meat, fish, or poultry, without the skin, bones, or fat; sodium-free broth; or cooked, plain potatoes, pumpkin, squash, peas, carrots, or spinach. Be careful not to offer your pet anything that isn’t safe for him. Some dangerous foods include chocolate; alcohol; nuts; pitted fruits; grapes, currants, or raisins; meat on the bone; raw meat, yeast, or dough; or anything that contains garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; and xylitol. Ask your vet for more information.

Decorate Carefully

Keep your furry friend in mind as you are decorating. Candles and potpourri burners are two examples of things that are not pet-safe. Anything small or sharp is also hazardous, as are items with ropes or cords. Wreaths, garlands, and gourds are also dangerous for pets.

Secure The Trash

Dogs are not above going through the trash in search of leftovers. This can be very dangerous, as the trash could contain things like bones, can lids, tin foil, fat trimmings, and plastic wrappers, which are not safe for Man’s Best Friend. Use a garbage can with a secure lid.

Set Ground Rules

If you’re hosting this year’s turkey dinner, ask your guests not to feed or discipline your pup without your permission. Not everyone knows what is and isn’t dangerous for Fido. You don’t want someone accidentally giving your furry buddy something that isn’t safe for him! If your four-legged friend is a master beggar, keep them crated or a separate room as you are eating. Offer him toys, treats, and bedding to keep him comfy and occupied. Our canine buddies also have a way of getting underfoot, which makes it easy for them to get stepped on. Keep a close eye on your fuzzy companion.

Happy Thanksgiving! Please contact us, your local North Las Vegas, NV vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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