Thanksgiving is upon us — how it got here so quickly, I haven’t a clue — and many of us soon will be sitting down for holiday feasts.
One of the things we’re thankful for is our pets, so we need to pay special attention to them to make sure they enjoy the holiday as much as we do.
Here are some tips on getting through Thanksgiving without stressing out the cat or taking the dog to an emergency vet clinic.
While it’s perfectly OK to give pets human food, not all of it is suitable for pets, and some might be really bad for them.
My little boy, Bailey, can’t tolerate fat, so while he’d just love a big bite from the turkey leg, he’d be in a lot of pain shortly afterward.
•Turkey is OK for most pets, but never give them turkey bones. If you use stuffing containing onions or raisins, don’t feed your dog any part of the turkey that came in contact with the stuffing, and don’t feed them stuffing. Onions and raisins can be toxic to dogs.
•Many cooked vegetables also are fine for dogs and cats, but give them their portion before the veggies are seasoned.
•We often give our pets canned pumpkin to help with irritable bowel, but pumpkin pie filling is not good for them as it contains sugar and spices, which can also irritate their stomachs.
•Be cautious with decor, including lit candles and foliage with berries. A wandering cat may knock candles over, and the berries on many ornamental plants can be toxic.
•Your pet likely will be curious, and the wonderful aromas wafting from the kitchen can embolden them to do things they never did before. I once found my tom cat Andy up on the table licking all the black olives. If you can’t segregate your pets from the food prep area, then be sure to keep an eye on them.
•Some pets love it when company comes over. My dog is not among those, and his barking can be off-putting for the guests, irritating to me, and not so great for the dog. As much as you might want your fur babies to be part of Thanksgiving, consider their feelings first. They might be more comfortable and happy away from the action.
•Some people — I know, it’s hard to believe — are not fans of animals, especially those that might want to become their friend. Others have allergies, and visiting people who have pets can make them miserable. Let your guests know ahead of time that you have pets, and ask if they have allergies or are not comfortable around pets. If so, tell the allergy sufferers to dose up before coming, and assure both sets of friends that you will keep the pets at a safe distance.
•If you have a pet that is an escape artist, be sure that your visitors know the rules about open doors. Make sure your pet is wearing a collar and tag. Microchips can help reunite you with your pet, should it run away, be found and the chip scanned. Contrary to some beliefs, the chips do not have GPS trackers.
Bailey and I wish you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving. We both have much to be thankful for this year, and among those on the list are you, dear readers, for your letters and comments. I couldn’t do this without you.
Photo source: AP Photo/Matthew Mead
source: Mercury News
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