10 Tips for a Safe Thanksgiving Share this Article: Print Tags: 10-tips-for-a-safe-thanksgiving, Cats, Dogs, Holidays, living-with-your-dog 1. Check tags!Whether you’re hosting guests or traveling, check that your pet is wearing a collar and tag with your current contact information. Photo credit: Thinkstock 2. Update microchips!Update your pet’s microchip. If your pet isn’t microchipped, call your local shelter or veterinarian to make an appointment today! Photo credit: Thinkstock 3. Make arrangementsIf you’re leaving town without your pet, use a good pet sitter or boarding facility. Don’t leave pets alone for days — water bowls can spill and accidents can happen. Photo credit: Thinkstock 4. Talk to guestsExplain to guests to be careful at doors. If your pet is a door dasher, keep him in another room while guests are coming in and out. Photo credit: Thinkstock 5. Keep moving!Make sure your pet gets his regular exercise and playtime whether with you or a pet sitter. Taking a good walk might be just the thing to counteract that heavy meal! Photo credit: Thinkstock 6. Be preparedKeep toys and treats at hand when hosting guests to distract pets and reward good behavior. Photo credit: Thinkstock 7. Supervise kidsSupervise all interactions between pets and kids for everyone’s safety. Photo credit: Thinkstock 8. Don't give in!No matter how cute your pet can be, remind guests not to feed table scraps to your pet. Photo credit: Thinkstock 9. Be cautious about countersHave a counter-surfing pet? Ask a reliable guest to keep your pet occupied in another room during the cooking. Photo credit: Thinkstock 10. Don't forget to cleanAfter the meal, remove all trash and bones immediately. Curious pets can cause themselves serious harm chewing on sharp bones! Photo credit: Thinkstock 11. Share the tips!Click on the image to see these tips all in one full size easy-to-share graphic. Share on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter to remind friends and family to thank their pets by keeping them safe!