Tips for the Holidays: The holidays can be a busy time, and there’s a lot for pet sitters to keep in mind. From new foods to house guests, Thanksgiving presents unique challenges. Here are 5 tips for keeping dogs safe this Thanksgiving.

Be mindful of human and canine house guests
It’s very important to discuss house rules with your holiday guests ahead of time—especially if children are coming over. Always let guests know that they must shut gates and watch for dogs before opening the doors to your home. And remember: never let visitors feed scraps to the dogs in your care.

Prevent dog escapes
Take extra precautions by putting up baby gates or exercise pens around the doors. Make sure every dog has a tag with up-to-date contact information, and a help4pets tag, if you have one. If you’re taking a dog out in a fenced yard to play, be sure you never leave them unattended.

Breaking the wishbone is no fun for Wishbone
One of the main hazards during Thanksgiving: cooked turkey bones. Cooked bones can splinter and cause damage to a dog’s throat and intestinal tract, requiring surgery. Keep the turkey well out of the way on the back of the counter or center of the table.

Happy Thanksgiving – Kisses to your Pooch!