Thanksgiving is coming up quickly. It’s probably safe to say that many of our furry friends will be underfoot as their humans prepare for and celebrate the autumn holiday. Our furry pals are playful and curious, traits that are both adorable and entertaining. However, Fluffy and Fido have quite a knack for getting into trouble. You’ll want to take a few precautions to keep your four-legged friend safe. Read on as a local Scottsdale, AZ vet lists some holiday hazards for pets to be aware of.

Food

Pets don’t know what is and isn’t safe for them to eat, so you’ll need to be very careful with what you give your furry pal. And while all of our animal companions have their own unique nutritional needs, there are some things that are bad for all of them. Meat on the bone is a big concern here. Cooked bones can break into sharp shards that can choke pets and/or cause serious internal injuries. Garlic, onions, scallions, and chives are also unsafe. These are so often used as seasonings, so it’s very easy to accidentally share some with your pet. Other dangerous foods include chocolate; caffeine; xylitol; nuts; mushrooms; avocados; and anything with a lot of salt, sugar, or fat. Ask your vet for more information.

Decorations

Keep your playful pal in mind when hanging decorations. Put candles and potpourri burners in high spots your pet can’t reach. You’ll also want to keep anything with small parts, ropes or threads, or sharp edges out of the way. Garlands, foam decorations, and plastic items are also unsafe.

Trash

This one is more of an issue for dogs. Many of our canine pals have no qualms about going through the trash in the hopes of scoring some leftovers. This is something you’ll want to address through training. In the meantime, use a trashcan with a secure lid.

Stress

Some of our furry pals get very uneasy when there’s a lot of commotion. If your pet is on the shy side, get them set up in a quiet spot where they can rest peacefully. Make sure your four-legged friend has toys, bedding, food, and water (and, in Fluffy’s case, a litterbox) and just let them sleep through the festivities.

Happy Thanksgiving! Please reach out to us, your local Scottsdale, AZ vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs.