Keeping Your Pet Safe This Turkey Day

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching—is your pet ready to face the various pet hazards that crop up this holiday? Here, a Briargate veterinarian advises you with some tips on keeping your furry friend out of harm’s way.

Don’t Overdo Table Scraps

Don’t give your pet an overabundance of fatty, salty, or buttery table scraps. All will upset a pet’s stomach, or even lead to vomiting and diarrhea. Also be aware of the various pet-toxic foods that might be on your holiday table: onions, garlic, raisins, grapes, chocolate, coffee, and more should be avoided at all costs! Only let your pet have a small snippet of cooked white turkey meat or a tiny dollop of plain mashed potatoes.

Don’t Give Pets Bones

Don’t slip your pet a turkey bone, whether it’s cooked or uncooked. Bones can splinter or chunk apart, creating a laceration and choking hazard for pets. They can even puncture the intestinal lining if swallowed. Offer your pet his favorite chew toy in place of bones.

Watch Aluminum Foil/Plastic Wraps

Aluminum foil, plastic wrap, and the like are very common with the big holiday meal. Remember to dispose of these items properly when you’re done with them—pets love to lick them to get all the tasty morsels off, but they could be eating something dangerous. Plus, a pet can easily swallow aluminum foil or plastic wrap, causing an intestinal blockage.

Keep an Eye on the Garbage

The garbage bag is one of the most common Thanksgiving hazards, because pets love to rip into it and discover all the leftover treats awaiting them. Unfortunately, the garbage bag can contain bones, toxic foods, fatty substances, and more. Since pets can easily chew or rip open unattended garbage bags, it’s important to keep bags inside hard-topped containers or in a separate area out of your pet’s reach.

Cocktail Caution

Will your Turkey Day celebration include alcoholic beverages? Remember that alcohol in any common form—beer, wine, liquor, champagne, etc.—is very dangerous for pets. It affects them the same way it affects us, but it takes far less of it to do serious organ damage. Don’t leave drinks unattended.

Ask your Briargate veterinarian for more helpful tips on keeping your cat or dog safe and sound this Thanksgiving.