Posted on November 21, 2017
Five Important Thanksgiving Safety Tips For Your Pets
The Thanksgiving holiday is almost here, and it's a good time to remind you about the dangers to your pet.
Here's a list of reminders for keeping your pets safe this holiday season:
- Feed your pet their regular pet food at their usual feeding time.
- Do not feed your pet any part of the Thanksgiving meal. While people may think turkey is safe, often the seasoning from the turkey drippings, along with the skin and gravy can cause pancreatitis - inflammation of the pancreas. Turkey bones are particularly dangerous since they can splinter and cause intestinal damage. Keep your pet in another room so they can't beg at the table.
- Secure the garbage bin. Table scraps, food wrappings, bones and other items can be very tempting. Items like aluminum foil and the string from the turkey can be harmful if consumed. Be sure that all trash containers--both inside the house and outside--are securely closed so that animals cannot tear through the garbage for a private Thanksgiving feast.
- Do not give your pets chocolate, alcohol or eggnog! Chocolate is toxic and can affect the heart and nervous system. Alcohol can cause coma and even death. Eggnog is very rich and can cause diarrhea.
- Most importantly, make sure your pet is wearing proper identification. Pets can easily escape through the front or back doors when guests come into your home. Remember - all dogs and cats within Broward County must be registered and wear their Registration License tag on a secure collar. This is the best way to ensure that your pet is reunited with you if he or she becomes lost during the Thanksgiving holiday or any other day.
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