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Top Turkey Day Safety Tips for Dogs
As a pet parent, you keep your dog’s healthy and happiness at the forefront of your mind all year round. You do whatever you can to keep them safe, and you show them your affection in many different ways. Whether it’s installing a DIY electric dog fence, keeping a never-ending supply of tennis balls, or patiently clipping their nails, you pour your heart into your dog’s care. During the holidays, our focus is turned elsewhere for longer than usual. As an important reminder, here are some ways to keep your dog safe and happy during your Thanksgiving celebrations.
Prevent Your Dog from Accessing the Kitchen
The most dangerous place for your dog to be during Thanksgiving is in the kitchen. If your dog gets in your way, they could accidentally cause you to trip. Hot liquids, fryers, stoves, hot pans, knives, etc. can all cause injuries to you or your dog. The best thing to do is to keep your dog in a closed room while you’re cooking. A pet barrier in the kitchen doorway can prevent your dog from coming in unexpectedly. A baby gate would work, and a wireless dog fence barrier is another option that won’t block your path, too. An electric dog fence can be used in the home to keep your dog contained anywhere that’s most convenient.
Watch Out for Environmental Dangers
Holiday decorations are festive and fun, but keep your dog’s safety in mind when you’re placing them. Pumpkins and corn, for example, are appropriate for the season, but they also smell delicious to dogs. While they’re non-toxic, they can cause your dog to choke, or they can cause an intestinal blockage. Lit candles are another hazard, so make sure they’re not in a place that your dog could knock them over. Cover or conceal electrical wires for light up decorations.
Be Cautious When Traveling with Your Dog
Did you know that your dog should wear a seatbelt in the car, too? Dog safety harnesses will help protect your dog in a collision, and they also stop your dog from getting in the front seat and distracting the driver. While traveling, you should also bring along a pet barrier or invisible dog fence to help contain your dog in someone else’s home or yard. If your relative’s home isn’t dog-proof, carefully check for dangers, such as cleaning chemicals or medications within reach of your dog. Always keep the phone number to your vet’s office with you while traveling.
Observe Your Dog for Signs of Stress
When there is a lot of extra activity going on, dogs tend to get stressed out. Always watch your dog for signs that they are upset, and take them to a safe area away from the commotion if necessary. Signs of stress that you should look for in your dog include panting, growling, shivering, hiding, raised fur, pacing, jumping, staring, or cowering. Sometimes your dog will need a break from the action, so take them to a quiet area with toys, food, and plenty of water.
Know the Dangers of Thanksgiving Dinner
Thanksgiving dinner may be the most delicious meal of the year, but it can also be the most dangerous to dogs. Don’t feed your dog any food they aren’t accustomed to eating, and do not overfeed them. Watch carefully for signs of sickness. Be especially careful of foods that can cause choking, such as nuts, raisins, grapes, and bones. Turkey bones are very dangerous, and they can rip your dog’s intestinal tract or puncture their throat. Fatty foods, especially turkey skin, can make your dog very sick. Chocolate and the sugar substitute xylitol are toxic to dogs. When you’re done eating, make sure all trash is taken outside, especially the remains of the turkey.
Talk to Your Relatives About Dog Safety
Make sure your family and your guests know basic dog safety, too, so they can help you monitor your dog. Share with them dog stress signals, and instruct them not to feed your dog any scraps from their plates. Tell young children that dogs do not like hugs or kisses. Ask your guests to tell you if they notice your dog acting strangely. If you’re visiting relatives, find out ahead of time if they have a room your dog can use as a quiet place, and inquire about their yard, such as whether it has an electronic dog fence, a traditional fence, or no fence. There is nothing more frustrating than having to deal with a lost dog when you are not in your own town.
As long as you keep these basic safety tips in mind, you and your dog will enjoy the holiday. Most of this is common sense, but it’s always easy to forget little things when there’s so much going on and so much on your mind. Enjoy your time spent with loved ones, and make sure you give your dog a little extra love and attention, too. Happy Thanksgiving!
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