Let's Talk Turkey

Although Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to spend with family and pets, there are some measures you should take to ensure your cat or dog is safe during the holiday:

  •   Dog and Cat with Turkey Bone
       
    Bird is the word! If you decide to feed your pet a little nibble of turkey, make sure it's boneless and well cooked.

  • Food Wrappings. Aluminum foil, wax paper and other food wrappings can cause intestinal obstruction. Make sure to place these items securely in the garbage.

  • Be prepared when your pets comes begging. While the humans are chowing down, give your cat and dog their own little feast. Offer them Nylabones or made-for-pet chew bones. Or stuff their usual dinner — perhaps with a few added tidbits of turkey — inside a Kong toy.

  • Make no bones about it. Certain bones can lacerate or obstruct your pet's insides. Save the bones for the broth, not your pet.

  • Quiet Time. Make sure your pet has a quiet retreat should the holiday festivities be too much for him. Watch his behavior to make sure he is not stressed.

  • Garbage. Keep an eye on the garbage and keep it securely fastened. If your dog gets into it, he may think he hit the jackpot!

  • Chocolate. Chocolate can be fatal to your dog or cat, so all those sweets must be kept well out of reach.