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Thanksgiving Pet Safety

November 15, 2020

Thanksgiving isn’t far off now! Although this year’s gatherings may be a bit smaller than usual, many people will still gather with their loved ones for a delicious meal. We’re definitely grateful for our animal friends, and their love, loyalty, purrs, and tail wags! However, some of our furry pals are a bit too curious and playful for their own good. You’ll need to take a few steps to keep your little buddy safe on Turkey Day. A local Anderson, IN vet discusses Thanksgiving pet safety in this article.


Food is one of the main concerns here. Many of those mouthwatering dishes aren’t safe for pets! Some dangerous foods include garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; meat on the bone; chocolate; caffeine; avocado; fruits with pips or seeds; grapes, currants, and raisins; and anything that contains xylitol and/or high amounts of fat, salt, or sugar. There are also many things that are only safe in small amounts. This includes fatty meats, like bacon and sausage, as well as organ meats, like liver and kidney. Ask your vet for more information.


Keep your furry little friend in mind as you are hanging decorations. Candles are a big hazard here. It’s very easy for Fido to knock one over with his tail, or for Fluffy to get too close to it. Potpourri burners, heaters, and fireplaces are also hazardous. You’ll also need to be careful about things like garlands and light strings, as these can choke or entangle playful pets. Anything small or sharp is also a concern.


Hopefully this goes without saying, but company shouldn’t pose a direct threat to pets. The concern here is more about accidents. For instance, someone could feed Fido something that isn’t safe for him, or not notice Fluffy under a recliner before sitting down. Just keep a close eye on things. If your canine buddy has a penchant for begging, keep him in another area as people are eating.


This one is more of a concern for dogs. Fido has been known to go through the garbage in search of leftovers. This can be quite dangerous, as the trash could contain things like bones, fat trimmings, can lids, and tin foil. Use a trash can with a secure lid.

Happy Thanksgiving from Lapel Animal Clinic, your local Anderson, IN veterinary clinic. Please feel free to contact us anytime!