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Thanksgiving Safety Tips for your Pups

HOLIDAYS CAN BE FUN – BUT HAZARDOUS FOR OUR PETS

Thanksgiving is a wonderful opportunity to spend time with family and to be appreciative for all that we have in our lives. Sometimes we forget all of the blessings we have and enjoy on a daily basis. Things like family, friends, a home, fresh air, nature, the fact that the sun comes up every day and of course our unconditionally loving four legged best friends.   Thanksgiving can also be a potentially dangerous or fatal day for your dog. With a few preventative measures you can keep your pup safe.

THANKSGIVING SAFETY TIPS FOR YOUR PUPS

If you are having company be sure to keep your pup from having unrestricted access to the front door. With people coming and going, and trying to entertain, cook, serve, etc., it’s easy to lose track of your dog and easy for them to slip out unnoticed. Either have your dog in a bedroom, laundry room or on leash. You can also set up a barrier like a gate or a pen that restricts direct access to the front door. The biggest threat to your dog is the turkey bones. Ingesting cooked (therefore brittle) bones can splinter if chewed and can be fatal. Remind guests not to give any leftovers to your dog and place remaining bones in an enclosed ¬†garbage can preferably behind a closed door. Be careful putting them in an enclosed garbage can anywhere where your dog can have access to it. Dogs smell millions of times better than we can so they can smell those leftovers through the can. Many of us like to share some of our Thanksgiving dinner with our pups ( I prepare a plate for my babies). If you do want to share and if your dog is not used to eating human food, be sure to keep their portions very small (unless you enjoy cleaning up vomit or diarrhea) and be sure there are no bones.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and know that we are very thankful and appreciative for all of you! Brad & the Dogological Team

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