At West Delray Veterinary, we believe in celebrating the beauty of family, gratitude, and togetherness during the Thanksgiving season. And, for many of us, our pets are an integral part of our families. So how do we ensure they can be part of the Thanksgiving celebration without exposing them to unnecessary risks? 

  1. Pet-Friendly Feast 

The aroma of a Thanksgiving feast is irresistible, not just to us but to our pets as well. While it’s tempting to share a taste of your meal, not all human food is safe for pets. Avoid giving your pets turkey bones, cooked bones, fatty scraps, onions, garlic, grapes, raisins, chocolate, and alcohol. Opt for pet-friendly treats instead. 

  1. Designated Space 

Thanksgiving gatherings can be noisy and chaotic. Create a quiet, safe space for your pet to retreat to if they become overwhelmed. Provide their bed, toys, and water, and let them relax away from the hustle and bustle. 

  1. Supervised Interactions 

Keep an eye on your pet’s interactions with guests, especially if your pet isn’t accustomed to many people or other animals. Excitement and unfamiliar faces can make your pet anxious, and supervision can prevent any unexpected issues. 

  1. Pet Exercise 

Give your pet some exercise earlier in the day. A tired pet is often a well-behaved pet. A good walk or play session can help them relax and enjoy the rest of the day with the family. 

  1. Trash Management 

Dispose of turkey bones and food scraps in a secure trash can. Curious pets might dig into the trash and find something they shouldn’t. Ensuring that your pet doesn’t have access to the garbage is a proactive step to keep them safe. 

  1. Safe Decorations 

Thanksgiving decorations can be appealing, but some can be hazardous to your pet. Keep candles, electric cords, and small objects out of their reach. Curious pets can sometimes get themselves into trouble when exploring new objects.

  1. A Safe and Joyful Thanksgiving 

As you prepare for Thanksgiving, remember that a pet-safe holiday is a happy holiday for everyone. From all of us at West Delray Veterinary, we wish you and your pets a delightful and secure Thanksgiving. 

For more information, pet care tips, and personalized guidance, visit us at 15065 FL-7 Suite 750, Delray Beach, FL 33446 or call (561) 678-8724. Ensure your pets are part of the celebration without compromising their safety. 

This Thanksgiving, let’s express our thanks by keeping our pets safe and ensuring they enjoy the holiday as much as we do.