Do’s and Don’ts: 4 Thanksgiving Tips for Dogs
Thanksgiving is a time of large family gatherings with a lot of delicious food everywhere in sight. But, it’s important to keep your four-legged family members safe during all this excitement. From turkey legs to tempting dessert trays, Thanksgiving can present a number of safety hazards to dogs. All it takes is a second when your back is turned for a disaster to strike. Keep your pet safe this holiday with these four Thanksgiving tips for dogs and have a healthy and happy turkey day!
4 Do’s and Don’ts to Keep Your Dog Safe this Thanksgiving
1. Talk to Guests Ahead of Time
Before guests arrive, explain your house rules. If your dog bolts for the door every time it opens, for example, remind guests to be mindful at doors. You might also consider putting pets in a separate room while your guests are arriving and leaving.
Additionally, supervise all interactions between your dog and kids. Many kids do not understand how to approach a dog properly, so ensure everyone is happy (and safe) when your pet is getting attention from younger guests.
2. Get Moving
Make sure your dog gets his regular exercise and playtime before guests arrive. If you’re too backed up with cooking and cleaning, make arrangements to hire a pet sitter who can do it for you. Fresh air and a brisk walk might be just the thing to counteract any nervous energy and ward off stress.
And when everything is over, head outside and take your dog for a walk. We know, it’s tempting to just take a nap instead. But, we promise a little exercise and fresh air will do wonders after eating a huge dinner. And your dog will thank you for the attention.
3. Keep Temptations Out of Reach
Keep all turkey legs and desserts out of reach. Meat, especially, is irresistible to pets. But, no matter how cute his little puppy eyes may be, remind guests not to feed table scraps to your pet. We know, this seems like an impossible task. Instead, be prepared with toys and healthy dog treats to distract your pet and reward good behavior.
So please, no table scraps.
When dinner is done, remove all food from the table and empty the trash immediately. Curious pets can be tempted to dig through the trash for something to chew and may end up causing serious harm to their digestive system if they find sharp bones.
If you suspect your dog has ingested something toxic on Thanksgiving, call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435 immediately.
Instead, plan a special feast for your dog on Thanksgiving that's sure to have your pooch begging for more. Try your hand at these simple Thanksgiving inspired homemade dog treats made with all natural ingredients: pumpkin, sweet potato, a dash of cinnamon and Fortetropin®.
Easy as Sweet Potato Pumpkin Pie Bites
DIY No-Bake Dog Treat Powered by Fortetropin®
(makes approximately 6 servings)
½ cup 100% Pure Pumpkin Purée (not pie filling)
½ cup Sweet Potato (peeled, cooked, and mashed ahead of time)
1 tsp cinnamon
6 servings MYOS Canine Muscle Formula
Add parchment paper to a glass dish, set aside
In a bowl, mix the superfood, pumpkin purée, mashed sweet potato and cinnamon until well combined.
Grab a chunk of the batter and roll mixture into small bite size balls - approximately 6.
Dredge each treat with Fortetropin®, pressing to coat.
Place on parchment paper and store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.
4. Leaving Town?
Finally, if you’re heading out of town and taking your furry friend with you, double check that your pet is wearing his collar and tag with updated contact information. If your pup is staying home, use a trusted pet sitter who can check in on him daily.
Keep Dogs Safe and Healthy on Thanksgiving
'Tis the season!
As you gear up for the holidays, it is important to keep your pet's health and safety in mind. Using these quick tips, Thanksgiving will be a special time for everyone in your family, including your dog.