Camp Bow Wow Serves Up the Secrets to a Pet-Safe Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving can get pretty hectic, especially if you’re expecting a whirlwind of extended family to fly in for the festivities. With everyone milling about basting turkeys, mashing potatoes and preparing their Black Friday shopping lists, Fido can sometimes get forgotten. That’s why our training and behavioral expert, Erin Askeland, teamed up with Pet Age to bring pet parents all over the states some surefire ways to pet-proof their homes for Thanksgiving. Here’s what she had to say:

Regard your pet as if he were a child.

According to market researchers, more than 60% of pet owners already consider Fido to be a member of the family, so we’re already one step ahead! Remember that dogs, and puppies in particular, can very easily eat something dangerous or find themselves in a not-so-safe situation. To combat this, puppy-proof your cooking area with gates and secure any loose electrical wires to prevent any mishaps.

Pay attention to where you put holiday plants.

Though it’s Thanksgiving, it’s never too early to gift a poinsettia this time of year. But did you know that these, along with other festive wreaths, flowers and plants, can be poisonous to our four-legged friends? For this reason, we suggest setting them high up and out of paws’ reach!

Keep candles in close quarters.

It’s common to light a few festive candles to get in the holiday spirit, but while we love a good pumpkin spice scented candle as much as the next pet parent, we also know they can spell danger. Your best course of action? Keep your eye on Fido when candles are lit, make sure they’re out of his reach, and don’t forget to blow them out when you leave the room.

Exercise caution around the trash can.

Your pup can smell all those savory delights you’ve cooked up. In fact, he’ll likely follow his nose all the way to the trash can after dinner has ended. To ensure he doesn’t get into anything he shouldn’t, make sure to keep an eye on the trash can and immediately bring the garbage out after cleaning up dinner. That way, you can avoid an emergency trip to the vet later on!

As you can see, there is a long list of hazards that come along with holiday territory. In our opinion, the safest place for a pup to be during the hustle and bustle of the holidays is right here at Camp! Imagine being a Camp owner and getting to spend the holidays with all those furry hugs and slobbery kisses. Talk about dream come true!

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