HISTORIC TRIANGLE — In Ferris’ house, Thanksgiving means the gathering of family, friends, and a whole lot of trouble for a beagle who is always underfoot.
Help keep your pet safe this season by being vigilant and eliminating issues in advance.
The dinner table is both Ferris’ favorite spot in the house as well as his biggest enemy.
Ferris’ snoot is keen to scents and his nose knows how to sniff out all the delectable foods that are prepped and presented at the holiday table. Last year, the family made the mistake of thinking even our condiments could be safe on the table.
Be sure to keep platters and plates out of reach. Glass dishes can break and, obviously, be a cause for concern. No one wants a cut paw.
The other danger is an item that could be poisonous or harmful to your pet’s health if ingested.
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) warns against the following: fatty foods, which can be difficult for animals to digest, poultry bones that can damage your pet’s digestive tract, and holiday sweets which may contain ingredients that are poisonous to pets.
Keep a watchful eye out. In our house, the dishwashing machine and garbage bins are not safe from a doggie trying to find a sample. This is advice we have to follow daily, not only on holidays.
If you are hosting guests, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) reminds us that more people in your home may be overwhelming for your four-legged friends. Keep an eye on the door for escape artists. Give your pet a safe space and let your guests know how best to approach your animals.
Pay attention to the holiday decorations, like floral arrangements and plants. Many can be toxic to our furry friends. Use the APCC toxic plants list to know what to look out for.
If you suspect your pet has been exposed to any hazardous substances, contact your veterinarian or call the Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435.