Thanksgiving Safety for Pets

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and many of us are already anticipating those delicious holiday dishes. Turkey Day does bring some specific hazards for pets, however, so you’ll want to be sure to keep your little buddy safe and healthy on this special day. In this article, a Highland, MI veterinarian discusses Thanksgiving safety for pets.

Forbidden Food

Many of our favorite foods are poisonous to our furry friends. Chocolate; avocado; alcohol; caffeine; and macadamia nuts are all very toxic to pets, as are grapes, raisins, and currants. You should also never give your furbaby anything that contains xylitol, or anything seasoned with garlic, onion, chives, or scallions. To play it safe, just give your pet plain, cooked turkey, without the bone.


Candles, potpourri burners, space heaters, and fireplaces can all be very dangerous to our furry pals. Keep candles in high spots where pets can’t reach them, and use protective grates with fireplaces.


Those beautiful autumn decorations can be very dangerous for pets. Small items, such as acorns, present choking hazards, while things with dangling threads can entangle your furball. Keep those decorations away from those cute noses and furry paws!


Man’s Best Friend is a wonderful friend and companion, but he does have some bad habits, like begging and jumping on people. If Fido’s petiquette isn’t quite perfect, keep him confined in a separate area when guests are arriving and during dinner. You can put your pooch in his crate, but this isn’t a good solution for the entire day. Consider keeping him in a separate room, and using a baby gate to contain him. Just be sure your canine pal has food, toys, bedding and treats. We also recommend tiring your dog out a bit with a long walk and a vigorous play session before company arrives.


Strangers, noise, and commotion can be quite nerve-wracking for our furry companions. Be very careful when people are entering and leaving your home, just in case your pet tries to slip out an open door. Kitties may be more comfortable in a quiet back room, so make sure Fluffy has a cozy hiding spot to retreat to if she gets nervous.

All of us here at your Highland, MI animal hospital want to wish you and your families a wonderful Thanksgiving. Please contact us for all your pet’s veterinary care needs.

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