Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe This Thanksgiving

Our pets give us a lot to be thankful for all year long. As we gather with our friends and family this Thanksgiving, there are some important tips we want to share so that you’re furry family members are safe.

Here are a few simple rules to help keep pets safe on Thanksgiving:

    • Keep the pets out of the kitchen.
    • Remind your family and guests not to sneak food to your pets.
    • Don’t give your pets any bones! They can splinter and cause major health issues.
    • Avoid sharing sweets with your pets.
    • Watch the trash can. If it smells like food, pets will eat it.

“Many of us overeat on Thanksgiving,” says RCHS spokesman John Van Zante. “We understand there will be consequences for that second or third or fourth helping. Our dogs and cats just see all that food and eat until they’re sick.”

“Curiosity really can kill the cat,” says Van Zante. “We are so thankful to have animals in our lives every day. Make sure your decorations are safe for pets. Take out the trash. Provide your pet with a place to hide away if it gets overwhelmed. That’s one day of caution for a lifetime of joy.”

Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas will be closed Thanksgiving Day but open the rest of the holiday weekend. For more information call 760-753-6413 or visit