Thanksgiving is a time to spend with our friends and family, so of course we want our four-legged family members to join in on the fun. However, Thanksgiving can also pose unique risks to our dachshunds, such as poisonous treats and the stress of having so many people in the house. So, if you want your dachshund to have a happy Thanksgiving, follow some of these tips to keep them safe:
Be careful with the turkey
Giving your dog a little bit of turkey off the table isn’t going to hurt them; just be careful that they don’t get too much. You’ll want to keep the turkey up high where your dog won’t be able to reach it, and you should ensure that any scraps they do get are fully cooked and without bones.
Avoid desserts and bread dough
When it comes time for dessert, make sure that none of it reaches your dachshund. Chocolate is poisonous to dogs, and even non-chocolate desserts such as pumpkin pie or apple crumble can be harmful. You’ll also want to avoid bread dough, as raw yeast can lead to painful gas and dangerous bloating in dogs.
Take care of the trash and leftovers
Your dog is going to try and get any scraps that they can find. So, once the meal is done, deal with your trash and leftovers immediately. The turkey carcass should be wrapped up in a separate plastic bag and taken outside along with the rest of your trash, and your leftovers should be placed in sealed containers in the fridge.
If they’re shy, put them in a separate room
As much as we would like our dogs to join in on the festivities, sometimes that’s just not possible. Thanksgiving involves having a lot of guests over, and if your dog is already shy or anxious to begin with, this could cause a lot of unneeded stress. In this instance, it’s best to keep them in a separate room, away from strangers. Put their bed and one of their favorite toys in with them, and consider creating their own special Thanksgiving meal to keep them happy.
Here at Patti’s Dachshund Farm, we want to make sure every dachshund has a happy Thanksgiving. So, if you have any questions about how to keep your dachshund safe this holiday, give us a call at 334-385-2600 today.