Keeping pets safe at thanksgivings

Thanksgiving is a special time of year to gather and share a feast of foods. This can include family pets with some caution. Please share these tips with your clients to show your dedication and thoughtful concerns as a professional pet sitter.

Thanksgiving often leads to emergency vet visits due to unsafe human food that dogs or cats might accidentally consume. Dogs are natural hunters, and some are quite adept at rooting through the kitchen garbage.  After carving the turkey, take the carcass to an outside dumpster…before you sit down to enjoy the feast! Clear the kitchen counters of food left in pots and pans from counter-surfing dogs and cats!

Turkey bones, the skin and meat and any food that has been seasoned shouldn’t be shared with your dogs or cats.   

Other No-No foods include:

  1. Gravy
  2. Stuffing
  3. Casseroles
  4. Mashed potatoes
  5. Creamed peas
  6. Chocolate and Sweets
  7. Alcoholic beverages
  8. Raisins and Grapes
  9. Onions, Scallions, and Garlic
  10. Ham
  11. Yeast dough
  12. Fatty foods

Safe & Healthy Foods you can share:

  1. Sweet Potatoes
  2. Boiled or Baked Potatoes (unbuttered/unseasoned)
  3. Seedless apples
  4. Unseasoned, skinless Turkey meat
  5. Unseasoned Green beans
  6. Plain peas
  7. Pure Pumpkin (not Pumpkin Pie mix)

Make sure guests don’t succumb to soulful eyes begging at the table and share the wrong “treat” from their plate. House rules should also include keeping purses and luggage zipped tight in guest rooms, especially if medications, children’s diapers or toys with small parts were packed and left open for investigation by curious canine and cat noses.

Preparing a safe, quiet room for pets may be necessary if they are prone to fear or anxiousness around large crowds, loud noises or new people.  Consider a bully stick or interactive toy for quiet and lasting enjoyment. Calming products may be necessary for super anxious pets. Our Members Only section features many great merchants with top-notch pet products in every category:

Despite a designated safe room, be sure to guard all entrance and exit doors. Doors left open during guest arrival and departure risks unintentional escape for a dog or cat.  Despite a dog’s recall training, many won’t come when called during a moment of unleashed freedom and exploration of the great outdoors.

As always, be safe, healthy and happy.  Enjoy this season of thanks and joy.

Hugs from your Pet Pro Team @ AoPP

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