Many pet owners have a tough time resisting those sweet, begging, puppy-dog eyes when you’re at the dinner table – especially around Thanksgiving. But eating turkey, among other things, could be dangerous for your pets. Below are a few tips to help keep your fluffy friends safe and sound this holiday.

Limit table scraps.

Remember this: unless your turkey is boneless, skinless, and cooked in nothing but water, avoid feeding it to your pets from the table. Turkey and turkey skin can cause pancreatitis in pets, which can be life-threatening. Potatoes are a healthy and nutritious vegetable for humans and pets alike. But, when mashed with butter, sour cream, cheese, onions, garlic, or gravy, they’re not a safe option for your pet (and you should probably enjoy in moderation, too).

Similarly, most veggies that are healthy on their own (think green beans, carrots, and more) can be enjoyed without all the extra ingredients often found in their holiday casseroles. Stay away from grapes and raisins, which can cause kidney failure in dogs.
Say “no” to artificial sweeteners, which can be toxic to pets. Chocolate and other desserts are for you and your human buddies only. But, you knew that already, didn’t you? Your pet should never consume alcohol. And, be aware of unexpected dishes that might contain it, like fruitcake.

Limit visitors.

If you typically host Thanksgiving at your home, then be aware of your pet’s stress levels when family and friends come ringing your doorbell. Some pets become anxious or stressed when unfamiliar people seemingly invade their space. Others might even try to flee out the front door when unsuspecting visitors open it. If they do flee, you’ll want to be sure of the following things:

  • All your pets should be microchipped and wearing identification collars. The microchips should be registered and up to date.
  • Put pets that don’t like visitors or unfamiliar sights and sounds in a closed bedroom or basement, away from the holiday shenanigans, with a plug-in pheromone diffuser and calming music.

Rice Village wants your entire family to enjoy this holiday, including your four-legged members! If you have any questions or if your pet accidentally ingests one of the toxic foods mentioned, please call us right away.