Thanksgiving is only a few short days away, can you believe it?! This time of year can be very hectic and things don't always go as planned, but we are here to help you make sure that your pets are safe, happy, and healthy! We have done the hard work for you and created a list of Thanksgiving Tips complete with links to the Pet Poison Helpline and even local amenities. Check out the infographic below and then scroll down to get all the juicy details!
1. Tag 'Em!
Make sure your pet has their collar and tag on with your home address! With all of your guests coming and going, the last thing you want is your pet slipping out the door without their ID tags on. ID tags with your pet's name, your name, home address, and a cell phone number (or two!) are an inexpensive way to make sure your pet gets home safe. We also recommend that your pet has a microchip with your information on it. Microchips are the size of a grain of rice, but can help identify your pet in an emergency situation! They are easy to place under the skin of your cat or dog, and they don't hurt the wallet either! When it comes to identification, don't let your pet go without, a simple tag and microchip could save their life! If you want more information on microchips you can read more here or call us!
2. Wear 'Em Out!
One of the biggest stressors of having family and friends over can be making sure your pet is on their best behavior, but it doesn't have to be that way! Make time to take your dog out for a long walk on one of the many Zionsville walking trails, or try out the new section of the Whitestown Farm Heritage Trail ( #whitestownproud )! Crunched for time? Try a fun game of fetch with their favorite ball or toy! Even if you aren't having family and friends over getting some exercise with your pup is always a good thing! :)
Do you have a cat that is afraid of company? Don't force them into an unsuspecting guest's lap, instead, find a room or space away from the hustle and bustle where they can have their own area. Placing their favorite toy, blanket, food, water, and a treat to two in a quiet space may help them feel more at ease with all the commotion. Make sure to keep food and water in their original spots too, just in case they feel like coming out to socialize a bit.
3. Watch the Door!
With guests coming and going make sure your pets are secure in the house. Keeping the door shut and latched between arrivals, having a family member stationed by the door, or even keeping the pet in their kennel or quiet room until all guests arrive are good precautions to take to prevent escapes!
4. No Scraps!
Those begging eyes may be hard to say NO to at the time, but trust us, it's for the best. Table scraps can contain ingredients that may upset your pet's stomach or even be toxic! Did you know that garlic and onion are toxic to dogs?! That may help you think twice before sharing that stuffing! Here is a more in depth list of what Thanksgiving favorites are not good for your pet, including gravy, meat drippings and butter. Want a full list of pet poisons? Click here!
5. Take the Garbage Out!
Pets, dogs especially, love using their nose to find leftovers! All those toxins we listed above, yup, they are in your trash now! Clearing the tables and counters of all the plates and serving trays is a good start, but don't forget to tie up the garbage bag after you are done and place it in the correct receptacle (away from curious noses)!
If you believe your pet has ingested or come into contact with one of the poisons above please call us immediately (317-344-0906), if we are not open call MedVet Indianapolis (317-872-8387) or the Pet Poison Helpline (855-764-7661)*fee applies.
We hope that these tips will help your family have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! We, the CPH team, have many things to be thankful for this year, and our patients and clients are the first! We love what we do and are so thankful for each and every one of you, our CPH Family!
From the Community Pet Healthcare team,
Questions or comments? Leave us a message below, email us, or give us a ring!
*any negative, hateful, rude, or derogatory messages will be removed*
Community Pet Healthcare
What we are talking about...
Monday: 8am-6pm Tuesday: Noon-8pm Wednesday: 8am-Noon Thursday: Noon-8pm Friday: 8am-6pm Saturday(every other): 8am-Noon Sunday: CLOSED
Site powered by Weebly. Managed by IDEXX Laboratories