The time for turkey and family is around the corner, as well as all of the other holidays that follow, and the shopping and festivities that fill the calendar. That is why it is a good time to talk about pet safety when it comes to holidays. Thanksgiving brings with it risks to your pet that you may not be aware of.

In order to have the best Thanksgiving for your four-legged family members, your friends at Redwood Veterinary Hospital have some tips and recommendations for the big feast.

Gobble! Gobble!

Many of the holiday foods and treats we adore will also be appealing to our pets. This is why holidays see more calls to Animal Poison Control than normal. Since our pets are part of the family, you may wonder how you can include them around the Thanksgiving table safely, if at all.

The good news is that, yes, you can include them in your Thanksgiving feast, but with some precautions.

Festive Foods to For Your Pet to Avoid

  • Food containing Xylitol, a sugar substitute
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Garlic and onions
  • Raisins and grapes
  • Alcohol
  • Chocolate, including baker’s chocolate and cocoa
  • Bones (which can splinter or cause your pet to choke)
  • Turkey skin, gravy, and anything rich or fatty 

Some of these items may not be poisonous, but they can cause your pet to become sick or develop pancreatitis, which is a very serious inflammation of the pancreas.

Now, for the good part!

Turkey-Day Foods You Can Feed Your Pet

  • Skinless, boneless turkey
  • Steamed green beans or carrots
  • Unseasoned/unsweetened yam
  • Dollop of mashed pumpkin
  • Plain rice

You can also make some festive pet treats, such as these healthy pumpkin dog treats or turkey and cranberry dog bones. Don’t forget your whiskered one. Kitties love some diced, unseasoned turkey to feast on.

Thanksgiving Safety for Pets

The holidays are hectic, which is why it’s easy for pets to get out and become lost when doors and gates are left ajar. If you plan a big party, consider keeping your pet in a room or behind baby gates, especially when you cannot supervise them.

Give your pet a longer than usual walk before the party begins, so they are relaxed. Watch for food and other items that people may drop on the floor, and cover all trash cans and compost bins.

Seasonal decor is lovely, but choose wisely. Open flame from candles can accidentally be knocked over by wagging tails, or whiskers burned. Holiday plants like poinsettias, holly berries, and lilies can be particularly poisonous, so make sure you refer to the ASPCA’s guide to toxic plants. You can always use silk arrangements.

We hope you and your furry are about to have the greatest Thanksgiving ever. With these friendly tips for Thanksgiving pet safety, we are sure you will! Call us for additional tips, or to schedule an appointment for your pet. Happy Thanksgiving!