Keep your pets safe this Thanksgiving. Here are numerous do’s and don’ts for Thanksgiving pet safety: (Thanksgivingukkah too)
–Don’t gives your pets any cooked turkey bones or carcasses. Be sure to wrap them up well and secured away from where dogs can find them. If you do give them a piece of turkey, ensure that it’s well cooked, no skin, and boneless. Keep your eye on the dog as entire turkeys have been known to disappear. Cooked turkey bones are sharp, potentially dangerous, and can be lodged in their digestive system for days.
–Don’t feed your pets stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, rich mashed potatoes. Stuffing and other foods may have herbs, spices, onions, raisins & grapes which are toxic to dogs.
–Do keep your eye on packaging. Ensure you dispose of any turkey or other food packaging quickly and appropriately. All strings, plastic holders and bags that have a meat smell can be very attractive to a pet. Once ingested, these items can cause damage or blockage of the intestines.
–Do stuff a Kong with kibble, dog treats or add a few nibbles of cooked turkey and vegetables. Yum.
–Do guard the bread machine or if dough is rising on the counter, remove to safer ground. When raw bread dough is ingested, the animal’s body heat causes the dough to rise in his stomach where it expands. The dog max experience bloating and abdominal pain and require emergency surgery.
–Don’t leave beer, wine, and spirits within reach. Move liquid refreshments to higher ground. Dogs can become quite ill, go into a coma or die.
–Do beware of decorations and centerpieces, particularly some plants, flowers, pine cones, and needles. The latter may cause intestinal blockage.
–Do beware of chocolate candy (toxic to dogs), candy and baked goods made with Xylitol, and rich desserts which will cause stomach upsets.
–Do exercise your dog a little harder on Thanksgiving. A tired dog is a good dog especially during dinner time.
–Don’t make your pet be something he or she is not. If the pet is people shy or doesn’t like to be around small children, put the animal in a crate or in another room.
–Do make sure that your dog is secure and cannot dart outside. Pets should always wear tags with current info and be micro-chipped.
This year Hanukkah starts on the night before Thanksgiving, hence, Thanksgivingukkah. Apparently, this is a rare occurrence, so rare that it won’t happen again for another 70,000 years, that’s in people years. Since these holidays collide, here are a few pet safety tips too:
–Don’t give your pets brisket or potato latkes. Oy vey! Too fatty and too much oil. Pancreatitis is not good for the pet and a trip to the vet will greatly impact your wallet. Save your gelt for something fun.
–Do keep your eyes on the gold-wrapped Hanukkah chocolate gelt. Pets cannot have chocolate (it’s toxic). Pets must never eat the gold foil wrapping. Move the chocolate gelt to a high cupboard. It’s up to you to sneak a piece for yourself now and then.
–Don’t leave the dreidels lying around or else they may be swallowed. Most likely your pet will choke and a trip to the emergency vet will ensue. Put the damn thing away in a drawer after spinning it a few times. Tradition!
–Do be careful when lighting the menorah. Cats can jump on the table and dogs can knock down burning candles. Move to higher ground. Do not leave the house while the menorah candles burn unless the pets are properly sequestered.
–Don’t leave gift wrap, yarn, ribbons, packaging, batteries lying around. Pets are curious and can swallow causing choking and dire outcomes.
–Do buy your furry family members some nice gifts and give them TLC.
While giving thanks for your bounty and your beloved 2-legged and 4-legged family members, consider taking a generous bag of kibble or kitty litter or some cans of dog or cat food to your local shelter. This is a gesture for which they will be thankful.
Photo: Hanukkah Dreidels