Thanksgiving Pet Safety

Thanksgiving is here! It’s a special time when we want to share food and festivities with all of our loved ones, including our fur-babies. However, holiday feasts be harmful to our beloved pets. These tips and tricks are sure to keep your furry family member safe, happy, and healthy during the big feast or feasts – we don’t judge.

Keep the Feast on the Table

Not only are fatty foods hard for animals to digest, they can also lead to a life-threatening condition known as pancreatitis. Many foods frequently used in our festive feasts are poisonous to pets, including grapes, raisins, garlic, and onions. Yeast dough and uncooked dough can cause gas and potentially dangerous bloating. Pets can enjoy very small amounts of unseasoned, boneless turkey. However, the safest option is to give them their own special Thanksgiving treat.

Paws off the Sweets

Artificial sweeteners found in sugar-free desserts and baked goods, like xylitol, and chocolate can be fatal to both dogs and cats. These scents can be tempting to pets, so be sure to dispose of them properly.

Store Trash Properly

Turkey carcasses or food left on table tops can be hazardous to your fur-baby’s health. Turkey bones and anything used to tie the meat – like strings, bags, and packages – should be disposed of properly. Secure trash in a tightly tied trash bag placed in a covered, closed container either outdoors or behind closed doors.

Decorative Plants Can Be Dangerous

Some flowers and festive plants can be toxic to dogs and cats. These include Amaryllis, Baby’s Breath, Sweet William, Poinsettias, Hydrangeas, some ferns and more. While decorations add to the festivities, the safest option is to keep them out of reach of pets. Invest in artificial silk, plastic, or pet-friendly plants instead.

Watch Your Pets Around Festive Decorations

Candles and festive displays are attractive to animals, as well as humans. Never leave your pet unsupervised with a lit candle. Pine cones, needles, and other decorations can cause intestinal blockages or perforations if ingested.

We Can’t All Be Party Animals

Thanksgiving often means many visitors and higher-than-usual noise activity. If your pet isn’t a party animal, keep them in a crate or room in a calm, quiet part of the home. This can help reduce emotional stress in your pet and potential harm or injury to guests. Don’t hesitate to board your pet if they are particularly upset by house guests.

Watch the Exits

It’s easy for fur-babies to get lost in holiday hubbub. Watch them closely, especially when guests are entering and exiting your home. Make sure your pet is wearing I.D. tags and/or is micro-chipped with current information. Pets are more likely to be returned to you with proper, up-to-date identification.

We wish everyone a very safe and happy Thanksgiving!