How to Keep Your Pet Safe on Thanksgiving

You’re probably ready to celebrate Thanksgiving with food, family, and fun. Will your pet be safe as you chow down this holiday? Use these tips from a Lorain veterinarian to make sure.

Don’t Overdo the Table Scraps

It shouldn’t harm your pet to slip him a small slice of the Thanksgiving turkey, but don’t overdo it on the fatty table scraps. A lot of fatty, buttery, oily, or salty food will upset your pet’s stomach, possibly leading to vomiting or diarrhea. If your pet tends to beg at your holiday dinner, try offering him his own pet food at the same time you’re eating.

Forget the Bones

It might be tempting to slip your dog a turkey bone for an after-dinner treat, but think again before doing this. Slivers or chunks can easily break off of cooked bones, creating a possible choking hazard or even cutting your pet’s mouth and throat. Offer your pet a chew toy or even a pet treat instead of bones.

Watch Chocolate, Candy, Alcohol

Perhaps you’ve set out a welcoming dish full of chocolate and candy treats for your guests, or are serving alcoholic beverages during your holiday party. Keep in mind that these substances are very dangerous for our pets—chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine, which cause serious health symptoms in animals. Candy and gum may be sweetened with xylitol, an artificial sugar that is toxic to pets. Alcohol can be extremely dangerous even in small amounts, so keep a watchful eye on all drinks.

Keep an Eye on the Garbage

Now that you’ve cleaned up your holiday meal and are sitting down to relax, don’t forget about the garbage. Pets may love getting into garbage to pillage the scraps, but various hazards abound. Coffee grounds, bones, fatty foods, and poisonous foods like grapes, raisins, avocado, onions, and more might be in the garbage. Seal bags tightly and put them in somewhere that pets can’t reach.

Offer a Safe Space

Are guests coming over to your home to celebrate Thanksgiving? Remember that company may be overwhelming to some pets, especially elderly or timid animals. It’s a good idea to set up a safe haven zone in a back room or basement, complete with a pet bed and soft blankets. Lead your pet to this area if he becomes agitated or frightened.

Ask your Lorain veterinarian for more helpful holiday tips to keep this Thanksgiving safe and sound!