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Thanksgiving Pets: 4 Care Tips

Pet Care Tips 3 min read
Thanksgiving Cat

The last months of the year are a time for gratitude, delicious meals, and quality time with your loved ones – which, of course, include our beloved Thanksgiving pets! As we celebrate, it’s crucial to keep our furry friends safe and comfy amid the festivities.

Should I Involve My Thanksgiving Pets in the Festivities?

Certain factors should be considered before including your Thanksgiving pets in holiday activities. Our furriends have unique personalities and preferences, so not all of them might enjoy the hustle and bustle of family gatherings. In addition, the nature of the celebrations and certain Thanksgiving decorations or foods might pose risks to their well-being.

With those factors in mind, here are 4 helpful safety tips to care for your little one during the upcoming Thanksgiving:

1. Beware of Festive Foods and Treats

Turkey skin’s high-fat content makes it hard for pets to swallow and digest.

While you relish a tasty Thanksgiving feast, it’s vital to be mindful of what you share with your little one. Certain Thanksgiving foods can be harmful to cats and dogs.

Turkey skin, for one, has a lot of fat, making it difficult for pets to swallow and process it. Furthermore, if they munch on raw dough, the yeast keeps cooking up bubbles and alcohol. These can be a fatal combination for your pet!

Even though you might be tempted to treat your little one when they look at you with that cute face, it’s best to avoid sharing Thanksgiving food cooked for humans.

2. Decorations Awareness

Decorating your home with Thanksgiving or Holiday decors sure is fun. However, remember to keep your decorations pet-friendly! Try to keep the glass ornaments, pinecones, and light far, far away from those curious paws!

Moreover, watch out for candles in your pumpkin lanterns. Your pup and kitty might tip over them. Decorations with small parts could also pose a choking hazard.

3. Anxious Thanksgiving Pets

Curious and Shy white Dog Hiding behind the Wood Door during thanksgiving cat and dog

Not all kitties and puppers are social butterflies! Some might feel anxious or stressed by loud noises, crowded places, and new faces. On the other hand, if your little one loves meeting new people, they may get overly excited when you have a full house. To prepare for this, we recommend taking note of your little one’s behavior and comfort level with guests. Give them space or keep them in a separate, quiet area if needed during the party. It’s important to provide a quiet, safe space for your shy little one to retreat to if they feel overwhelmed. This area can include their favorite bed and toys, along with a litter box. Therefore, they can be comfortably away from the hustle of the festivities.

Additionally, NHV Matricalm for cats and NHV Lesstress for dogs can help them stay calm during these chaotic times. They work to help reduce anxiety, agitation, and excitability when surrounded by many people.

You can learn more about how these herbal formulations help support your cat and dog in our blogs!

4. Always Be Prepared!

Before Thanksgiving planning, make sure your vet’s emergency numbers are saved in your contacts!

Even with careful planning, holiday hiccups can still occur. Before you start planning for Thanksgiving, ensure you have your vet’s emergency numbers in your contacts! Also, you should have a pet emergency first-aid bundle ready. We also recommend our NHV Holiday Essential Kit! This kit contains three supplements vet-formulated to help calm an anxious pet, help ease digestive issues, and any discomfort your little one may experience.

By incorporating these safety tips, we can ensure a harmonious Thanksgiving celebration for our beloved Thanksgiving cat and dog.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your furmily!

If you have any questions about ways to keep your pet happy during the holidays, please reach out! Connect with our pet experts by clicking the button below.

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Published: November 17, 2023

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