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Thanksgiving Pet Safety Tips

November and December are some of the busiest times of the year, filled with holiday traditions, gatherings and fun. While Thanksgiving gives you the opportunity to spend time with loved ones, it can be an overwhelming experience for your pet. Ring in the holiday season with a pet-friendly Thanksgiving with our pet safety tips!

Thanksgiving food on table with dog looking closely

Secure the Trash

Thanksgiving leftovers can be irresistible to our pets, especially when left unattended. Dispose of turkey or chicken bones, corn cobs and other smelly foods to prevent your pet from getting into food they aren’t supposed to. Utilize tight-fitting lids and immediately remove full trash bags.

Create a Safe Space

Keeping your pet comfortable during Thanksgiving gatherings can be difficult with the hustle and bustle of visitors. Create a designated space for your pet with their bed, favorite toys and water bowl to provide them with a quiet retreat. Enrichment activities like puzzles and nose work mentally stimulate your dog and tire them out faster—all while having a good time!

Be Cautious with Guests

Not all pets are comfortable around large groups of people. Remember to be mindful of your pet’s boundaries and advise your guests to approach your pets calmly and with respect. Keeping an eye on young children or strangers prioritizes the comfort and safety of your pet and guests.

Stress-Free Decorations

Decorations with small pieces, candles and other decor may look pretty on your mantle or tablescape, but they can potentially harm your pet if left unattended. Poisonous plants, like poinsettias and mistletoe, should be hung out of reach to prevent your pet from chewing and swallowing plant material.

Thanksgiving Foods Not Safe for Pets

While it may be tempting to feed your pet a morsel of Thanksgiving food, you may be putting their health at risk.

Thanksgiving Foods to Avoid

  • Cooked bones of any kind
  • Foods in the Allium genus (onion, garlic, chives, green onions, etc.)
  • Stuffing
  • Caffeine
  • Sweetened bakery items
  • Pits of fruit like cherries or peaches
  • Chocolate of any kind
  • Alcohol

If you’re unsure whether or not certain foods are safe for your dog, it’s best to leave the food on your plate. Prioritize your pet’s health and save a trip to the emergency vet with pet-friendly treats and food.

Care First Emergency Cares

This holiday season, our team is happy to provide you and your pet with excellent emergency care services. Give your pet the best care possible with our experts at Care First Animal Hospital. Explore our emergency care services or schedule your next appointment today.

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