Pet Safety for Thanksgiving

Pet Safety for Thanksgiving

While you’re looking forward to the fun family gathering of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, don’t forget to keep your pet’s safety in mind. Below, your Lafayette veterinarian lists the most common Turkey Day pet hazards to be aware of.

Toxic Foods

Of course, a variety of foods or ingredients you’re serving this holiday are actually toxic to cats and dogs. The list includes onions, garlic, grapes, raisins, avocado, chocolate, candy, gum, salty foods, coffee and other caffeinated items, and various tea leaves. Don’t leave harmful items lying out on countertops or tables where pets can swipe them down—instead, store everything in the proper place and keep a close eye on your pet’s whereabouts.

Table Scraps

It’s fine to slip your pet a tiny scrap of unseasoned meat for a Thanksgiving treat, but don’t overdo it. Too many fatty table scraps will upset a pet’s stomach, as will buttery or salty foods. Try giving your pet a small nip of cheese, a tiny piece of meat, or a small dab of mashed potatoes. Remember to leave off any gravy, butter, or salt!


Reconsider slipping your dog that turkey bone this holiday. Cooked and uncooked bones could splinter or chunk apart, presenting laceration and choking hazards. If a pet swallows a sliver of bone, it could puncture the lining of the intestines, requiring serious veterinary care. Keep your pet safe and throw all bones away.

Garbage Bags

Whatever you don’t save from your holiday meal will probably end up in the garbage. Don’t forget that full garbage bags are a dangerous pet hazard, especially this time of year. The garbage might contain coffee grounds, chocolate treats, turkey bones, and a spectrum of other hazardous materials. Put your garbage in a tightly sealed container that pets can’t open or rip apart.

Alcoholic Beverages

Will your holiday celebration include alcoholic beverages? Remember to keep them far out of your pet’s reach. Even small amounts of alcohol can cause serious reactions in pets, from vomiting and diarrhea to depression and seizures.

Call your Lafayette vet’s office to find out about more helpful holiday tips. This Thanksgiving should remain safe and fun for the whole family—including your pet!

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