A Holiday Survival Series: Part Two
Thanksgiving with Your Pet
At Deceased Pet Care, we’re trying to take the edge off the Holidays with our five-part Survival Series. Earlier this month we covered travelling with a pet. This time, we’re talking turkey; Thanksgiving Turkey that is. Here’s our quick survival tips for having a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving with your pet.
Prepare for the Chaos
If you haven’t noticed a theme yet running through our posts, it’s one thing: proper preparation. We think with a few extra moments of thoughtful action much of the holiday stress and worry can be easily mitigated. There’s no preparing for the unknown, but if you are mindful of your work and worries, it can be a much smoother holiday season for you and your pet.
Keep an Eye on Attitudes
Your pet likes routine as much as you do. The holidays, while wonderful, disrupt the normal flow. Make sure you are intentional about monitoring your pet’s demeanour this Thanksgiving holiday. Things can easily become exacerbated with so many people around. Your pet could be triggered by things that are normally okay.
When possible, pay special attention to how young visitors treat and react to your pet. The extra attention, roughhousing, and hugs could prove too much for your pooch who is used to things being a bit more quiet.
Create a Safe Space
Your pet is likely to be both excited and anxious this coming Thanksgiving. Chances are you’ll be having several guests. The house can quickly go from calm and collected, to a chaotic jumble of kitchen adventures and laughing children.
If this is your pet’s first thanksgiving, we recommend easing them into the holiday activities instead of assuming everything will go as planned. Give your pet a room that is just theirs. It’s best if you create a comfortable space they can rest and remove themselves if things get to be too much. If you can, make sure their favorite toy is there too for added happiness.
Talk to the Family
Whether they are coming to you, or you to them, it’s important to discuss how things will work upon arrival. Your pet and their needs need to be respected by all parties. Set standards on things like touching, playing, feeding, etc. It’s best to set the rules beforehand so that it doesn’t become too late.
If you’re visiting a relative or friend this Thanksgiving, make sure you’re aware of any additional pets that will be in the home, and that if necessary, your pet will have a safe place to retreat if needed.
Make Food Decisions Ahead of Time
If you’re like us, you like to shower your pets with gifts and treats as much as we do. After all, they’re practically family. With all the extra food your pet might be tempted to grab a bite of the Thanksgiving fare. Keep a keen eye and make sure they’re not snagging any undesirables from on (or under) the table
Prepare a small container of lean, skinless, boneless turkey to treat them every now and then. It’s low in fat and high in protein. There’s a reason American’s have made it an annual tradition. But While Thanksgiving is filled with a smorgasbord of succulent fare, what is delicious to us humans, can be deadly to your pet. Make sure to check with your local veterinarian, or research online, before giving anything out of the ordinary to your poochy pal.
Use The Holiday for Learning
Just like our kids, our pets are always observing and learning. You can’t expect to feed them Thanksgiving treats from the table and then ask them not to beg the next day. While Thanksgiving is a special day for you, it’s just any other for them.
Whatever your house rules are, make sure they are consistent even on Thanksgiving. And when at all possible, let your honored guest know the rule too. Weeks later, you’ll be thankful you did.
So are you as excited as we are for a wholesome, fun, and family-filled day as we are? At Deceased Pet Care, we are counting down the days… and the blogs! That wraps up part two of our five-part Holiday Survival Series. Check back in a few weeks for part three.