Thanksgiving is an eventful holiday for many people. From all the delicious food you make and eat, to spending time with family and showing your thanks for all the blessing in your life, this is one of the busier holidays we celebrate.
The aromas of Thanksgiving dinner and all the extra people in the house make things lively and stimulating for everyone, including your pets. This is why it’s important to follow some basic safety tips during the Thanksgiving holiday.
One of the greatest dangers for our pets on Thanksgiving is the food which is the center of our day. Many of the food items we eat can be toxic to dogs and cats. The following foods should not be shared with pets:
• Raisins in the stuffing can cause kidney failure in dogs.
• Alcohol is toxic, so a spilled glass of wine can be very dangerous.
• Leftover turkey can be dangerous if it contains bits of bone, which can splinter and get lodged in their throats.
• Other foods that can be toxic are grapes, onions, chocolate, raw bread dough, avocados and macadamia nuts.
As much as we love having family and friends over to spend time with and enjoy that delicious meal, having company can pose risks for our pets. People who are not familiar with your pets, both children and adults, can impose unintentional dangers.
• Doors that are left open as guests go in and out can allow your pet to escape unnoticed.
• Children who are unaccustomed to handling your pets can cause them harm, or even cause pets to bite or scratch out of fear.
• Guests may not be aware how harmful table scraps can be for your pets and not realize the potential danger in sharing their dinner.
Holiday planning can be stressful, and our pets can become stressed just like us. If the house is full of guests, adding to the hustle and bustle of the day, pets can become frightened or over-stimulated. This often leads to bad behavior which your pet may not normally exhibit.
• Be sure everyone knows the rules. Brief the children with their parents present so everyone understands the importance of being careful around pets.
• If you are to not able to gate off an area to keep your pet from escaping through an open door, it might be best to secure them in another room, away from all the action.
We hope that these safety suggestions will help you better prepare yourself and your pets for the upcoming holiday. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving, from all of us here at HSCAZ, two-legged and four!
Here are some of the wonderful pets available for adoption at our shelter, located at 605 W. Wilson Court (just south of Main Street and west of McLane Road). Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All pets have been spayed or neutered and are current on their vaccinations. For more information, call (928) 474-5590 or visit us online at www.humanesociety centralaz.org.
Jeffrey is the sweetest boy I know! He is a 7 year old handsome guy with great green eyes. Jeffrey gets along well with other cats and adores people. He is pretty aloof for the most part, but really loves to have his ears and belly scratched.
Princess Leia is a playful 4 month old kitten. She gets along with other cats and would really love a forever home that has another cat that she can play with. She loves to play with toys and can be found running around in the cat house.
Candy Corn is a gorgeous 1 year old petite calico/tabby. She gets along with other cats and really loves people. She is easygoing and super sweet. This little girl would love to have a permanent place in your heart, and in your lap.
Casper is a 6 month old pit mix. He is a loving, playful pup who really loves people. Casper likes to play with the other dogs and is learning how to walk like a gentleman on a leash. He is partially potty trained and enjoys learning new tricks and commands.
Lisa is an active 5 year old Shepherd. If you are looking for a hiking or jogging companion, this is your girl. She is very smart and affectionate. She gets along with some other dogs, but may do best as the only dog in the home.
Poppy is a sweet 3 year old. She is active and likes to go for walks, but she also knows when to be calm and mellow. Poppy gets along with most other dogs and is great with people. She is a smart girl who is eager to learn new things.