Give Your Pet a Healthy Holiday
The Humane Society of the United States reminds pet owners that it's important to include their canine and feline friends in Thanksgiving preparations.
"Thanksgiving is a special time of year for many families, but it can also be hectic, and the change in routines can be confusing for pets," said K.C. Theisen, director of pet care issues.
The organization offers the following tips to keeping pets healthy and happy.
--Provide your pet with a quiet room during holiday parties. Though some pets may enjoy socializing opportunities, the excitement of a party may overwhelm others.
--Do not give pets table scraps, especially bones. Bones easily splinter and can cause serious health problems, even death. Many foods are potentially toxic to dogs and cats (such as chocolate, raisins and onions). Ask guests to respect your "no feeding" wishes.
--If you travel with a pet, be sure to contact your hosts in advance to find out if your pet is welcome. Because of the excitement during the holidays, it might be best to board your pet or hire a reputable pet sitter instead.
--When traveling with your pet, attach temporary tags with contact for where you are staying.
--Know the contact information for a local veterinarian at your destination and check on holiday availability. Be sure that you bring along a copy of your pet's health records, and pack extra amounts of any medication he takes in case your return home is delayed.