This Thanksgiving, people across the United States will travel thousands of miles to spend the day with their beloved friends and families. And, of course, countless dogs and cats will take trips, meet visitors and generally do their best to get into trouble. With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday, it can be easy to overlook pet safety.
Don’t take chances with your pet’s wellbeing this year. Follow these simple tips from a veterinarian in Egg Harbor Township, NJ to help ensure that your cherished family furball stays safe and sound throughout the Thanksgiving holiday.
Watch their food intake
Though you may be vigilant about what your dog or cat eats throughout the year, visiting friends and family might not be so attentive. Not only should you keep your pets away from the usual offenders like ham, turkey bones, onions, garlic and dairy products, but you should also let others know your preference.
Also, be sure to watch how much human food your cat or dog is eating. Communicate with the people around you as you’re feeding them to make sure that everyone is on the same page, and everyone knows when the limit has been reached.
Let guests know the rules
Communicate to your guests the rules of the house. If your cat runs for the front door, for example, let people know to be careful in entryways to avoid a potential escape. If your pet shouldn’t have people food, say so. Be clear about your expectations, and guests will follow them.
Use a leash in unfamiliar places
Your well-behaved dog may not have to use a leash on your regular strolls through the neighborhood, but a new place with new smells and new noises may prove overwhelming to even the most mellow pooch.
To maximize your chances of pet safety, you should consider keeping your dog on a leash whenever they’re outside in an unfamiliar place.
Keep an eye on kids
Though children of all ages will likely be interested in a new dog or cat, it’s best not to leave small kids alone with the family pet. Not only can children cause anxiety in your pets, but stressed-out pets might accidentally hurt a child with which they are unfamiliar.
It’s also a good idea not to force your pets to interact with kids. If your cat would prefer to hide under a bed, it’s probably best they stay there.
Don’t neglect playtime
You might be distracted with guests, or you might be trying to cook dinner. Either way, don’t forget that your pet requires attention, so keep plenty of toys and treats on hand. You can even enlist the help of your guests to keep the family dog or cat entertained.
Make us your choice
At Newkirk Family Veterinarians, we’re committed to pet safety. That’s one of the guiding tenets of our family owned and operated veterinary clinic. Since 1981, we’ve worked tirelessly to provide the area’s best pet care to each of our valued customers. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment with a veterinarian in Egg Harbor Township, NJ. We can’t wait to hear from you.