Thanksgiving is a special holiday that brings everyone together. It's a time where we want to include all family members, including furbabies. However, holiday feasts can cause our pets harm. These tips and tricks are sure to keep your furry family member safe, happy, and healthy during the big feast.

  • Keep the feast on the table - Not only are fatty foods hard for animals to digest, they can also lead to a life-threatening condition known as pancreatitis. Many foods frequently used in our festive feasts are poisonous to pets, including grapes, raisins, garlic, and onions. Yeast dough and uncooked dough can cause gas and potentially dangerous bloating. Pets can enjoy very small amounts of unseasoned, boneless turkey, but the safest option is to give them their own special Thanksgiving treat.

  • Save the sweets for you, not your pooch - Artificial sweeteners found in sugar-free desserts and baked goods, like xylitol, and chocolate can be fatal to both dogs and cats. These scents can be tempting to pets, so be sure to dispose of them properly.

  • Put the trash away where your pet can't find it - Turkey carcasses or food left on table tops can be hazardous to your furbaby's health. Turkey bones and anything used to tie the meat - like strings, bags, and packages - should be disposed in a covered, tightly secured trash bag placed in a closed trash container either outdoors or behind closed doors.

  • Use caution with decorative plants - Some flowers and festive plants can be toxic to dogs and cats. These include Amaryllis, Baby’s Breath, Sweet William, Poinsettias, Hydrangeas, some ferns and more. While decorations add to the festivities, the safest option is to keep them out of reach of pets or invest in artificial silk, plastic, or pet-friendly plants.

  • Watch your pets around festive decorations - Candles and festive displays are attractive to animals, as well as humans. Never leave your pet unsupervised with a lit candle. Pine cones, needles, and other decorations can cause intestinal blockages or perforations if ingested.

  • Visitors can upset your pets - Thanksgiving often means many visitors and higher-than-usual noise activity. If your pet isn't a party animal, keep them in a crate or room in a calm, quiet part of the home. This can help reduce emotional stress in your pet and potential harm or injury to guests. Boarding is an excellent option for pets that are particularly upset by house guests.

  • Watch the exits - Even if your furbabies are comfortable with guests, it's easy for them to get lost in holiday hubbub. Watch them closely, especially when guests are entering and exiting your home. Make sure your pet is wearing I.D. tags and/or is micro-chipped with current information. Pets are more likely to be returned to you with proper, up-to-date identification.
We wish everyone a very safe and happy Thanksgiving!