As the holiday season approaches, we have so much to be grateful for. Friends, family and of course, our pets!

With the Thanksgiving holiday around the corner, preparations for get-togethers with family and friends are well underway. Having our dogs participate in the festivities makes things that much more memorable!

We can’t forget that our dogs need us to be careful with what they have access to during this time. We want to provide you with thanksgiving safety tips to keep you and your pup safe during this holiday season.

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Keep Your Dogs Away From Alcohol

Dogs do not naturally gravitate towards alcohol, but accidents do happen. If you spill a bit of wine or beer on the floor, your dog will more than likely be curious about it and want to lick it up.

While it’s best to keep all alcohol away from your dogs, it will only be lethal depending on their weight and how much they consume.

If a small Yorkie happens to consume a tablespoon of wine, it will be much more dangerous to them than if your large German Shepherd were to consume the same amount.

Keep all empty wine and beer bottles out of your dog’s reach. Recycle them as soon as they are empty.

Be wary of any additional beverages you mix with your alcohol, such as juices and soft drinks.

These sugary drinks are not good for your pets. Those are equally as dangerous to your pets as well. 

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Chocolate Should Be Kept Away From Your Dogs To Maintain Thanksgiving Safety

If you are a dog owner, chances are that you are very aware that chocolate is extremely dangerous to your dogs.

The insane amount of sugar in chocolate bars is bad enough for your pet. On top of that, most chocolate bars (and candies) contain an ingredient called Xylitol.

This is highly toxic to your pets, even in small amounts. Xylitol (also known as birch sugar) is a sugar substitute used in baked goods, gum, mints, and even dental care products like toothpaste and mouthwash. 

Xylitol is in store-bought products like baked goods labelled as “sugar-free.” Don’t be fooled by that at all. It is still not okay to sneak a piece to your dog.

Xylitol (or birch sugar) consumption can lead to low blood pressure and even liver failure. 

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Thanksgiving Foods Are Not Good For Your Dog

We all love the smell of turkey baking in the oven, garlic mashed potatoes, stuffing, ham; the menu items forThanksgiving dinner can go on and on!

The most important thing we need to highlight is that these foods are not suitable for your pup. 

While the turkey meat in small amounts is okay to feed your dog as a treat, the bones pose a considerable health risk.

Cooked bones can break off into smaller splinters that can be lodged easily in your dogs’ throat. The last thing you need in the middle of Thanksgiving dinner is a dog choking on bones! 

Most of our meals contain onions and garlic, which are deadly to your Davis pets. While these ingredients are excellent enhancers to our foods, they must be kept away from your dogs.

The skins, flesh and juices from onions and garlic are also toxic to your pets. Discard the remaining parts of these vegetables to keep your pets safe this Thanksgiving.

We hope that this blog will help you and your family maintain your Thanksgiving safety this year. Having your dog’s obedience skills sharped can help decrease the likelihood of your dog getting into things they are not supposed to.

If you need help refining your dog’s skills, such as their “leave it” command or you need help teaching them to “stay,” then The Pet Care Pros are here for you!

Contact us today to review our services, so we can determine which training program is best for you and your beloved pooch.