Assess Your Pet’s Ability to Interact with New People
Thanksgiving Day brings several generations together, from the very young to the very old. If your dog or cat isn’t accustomed to small children trying to pet her or pick her up, it could be a disaster waiting to happen. You also don’t want an overly excited 100-pound dog knocking down an elderly relative. If you have any concerns at all, it’s best to err on the side of caution by placing your pet in a kennel or a room with a closed door until everyone has gone home.
A Word About Thanksgiving Treats
It’s never a good idea to feed a pet human food right from the dinner table as this teaches him poor manners. If you want to share a treat with your dog or cat, make sure it isn’t toxic first. A small amount of boneless turkey without any added seasonings should be fine as long as it’s not undercooked. However, you should avoid grapes, raisins, avocados, sages, bread dough, and cake batter altogether.
Post Emergency Phone Numbers in Advance
In spite of your best planning, your pet may still get into something harmful amidst the noise and confusion of a major holiday. Since it’s hard to think clearly in a crisis, make sure that you post the telephone number for the Pet Poison Helpline and our after-hours emergency answering service in an easily accessible place.
The Pet Poison Helpline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-855-764-7661. Our after-hours telephone number is 1-800-924-0588 and is answered by a live person. If Dr. Palmquist is unavailable, our service will give you contact information for another local provider. Grantsburg Animal Hospital will be closed for Thanksgiving and wishes you a happy holiday.
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