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Keeping Your Pet Healthy & Happy this Thanksgiving

By: Alyssa Little

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Before you gather for a family meal this Thanksgiving, make sure to keep an eye on your pets. In fact, you may not be the only one who’s excited to eat a tasty treat! Whether you have a puppy, kitten, or multi-pet household, safety tips may be useful for your furry friends during the holiday season. Consider this pet hazard list before you set the table.

Secure your discarded food and trash

Consider obtaining all food scraps in safe space before it can be properly disposed of safely. This may include a compost bin or an outdoor space away from furry friends.

Be mindful of sweet treats

Chocolate is one of the most popular pet hazards consumed during the holiday season. Consider keeping desserts and sugary snacks out of reach until dessert time.

Consider covering plates before mealtime

You never know when your furry family member may try to snag snacks with paws or even jump on the counter. Try keeping your food in covered containers during dinner. This may include before, while, and after your serve your meal to help keep your best friend at bay.

Provide a pet safe space for your furry friends

Your pets may want a place to play and rest during dinnertime. By providing a pet-friendly space it may help keep your pets occupied and entertained while you eat your holiday meal. Consider a bed, water, dog gate, and interactive toys.

Help keep your dog and cat safe from toxic foods

Whether you’re traveling or hosting your own holiday get together, make sure to consider all your family members. But by watching your pet, disposing properly of food waste, and providing a pet-friendly space, your pets may have a wonderful holiday with the family.

For more on pet food and hazards, read this Trupanion Dog Nutrition Guide.

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This blog is designed to be a community where pet owners can learn and share. The views expressed in each post are the opinion of the author and not necessarily endorsed by Trupanion. Always consult your veterinarian for professional advice.

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