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Recent Survey Reveals Dogs Chew Up Trouble During Thanksgiving Dinner


November 21, 2016

Thanksgiving is a time when friends, families and even Fido gather together to enjoy delicious food and give thanks. But sometimes during a holiday dinner, furry friends can get in trouble when they bite off more than they can chew.

In fact, a recent survey conducted by PetMatrix, maker of SmartBones, and Wakefield Research revealed that 64 percent of U.S. dog owners, including 83 percent of millennials, say that their dog has chewed on something they shouldn’t have during a holiday celebration.

  •  Throw them a different bone: According to the survey, 46 percent of pups have chewed on the main dish—the turkey or wishbone!
  • Avoid a party faux paw: With 32 percent of dogs chewing a party decoration, make sure to protect the table’s décor, whether that’s candlesticks or pinecones!
  • Beware of chewing: The survey revealed that 25 percent of our furry friends have taken a bite out of the wrong treat, including holiday guest’s clothing and shoes!

PetMatrix recommends making sure your dog has safe chewing alternatives this Thanksgiving so your dog doesn’t become one of these statistics.

Methodological Notes:

The PetMatrix Survey was conducted by Wakefield Research among 1,000 U.S. dog owners, between October 26th and October 31st, 2016, using an email invitation and an online survey. Results of any sample are subject to sampling variation. The magnitude of the variation is measurable and is affected by the number of interviews and the level of the percentages expressing the results. For the interviews conducted in this particular study, the chances are 95 in 100 that a survey result does not vary, plus or minus, by more than 3.1 percentage points from the result that would be obtained if interviews had been conducted with all persons in the universe represented by the sample.

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