Thanksgiving Pet Safety Tips

While certainly one of the most fulfilling (and delicious) times of the year, Thanksgiving brings a number of safety hazards into the home. Oaklawn & Cranston Animal Hospitals are happy to share some useful information to keep your pet safe this Thanksgiving.

  1. Keep people food out of the reach of your pet and ask your guests to do the same.
  2. Do not offer your pet turkey. If it is raw, or even undercooked, it may contain salmonella.
  3. Turkey bones should not be given to your pet. They are too fragile and are a choking hazard.
  4. Make sure your pet doesn’t have access to treats, especially those containing chocolate, xylitol, grapes/raisins, onions, currants or other toxic foods. Ingesting them can result in upset stomachs, heart arrhythmia, kidney failure and seizures.
  5. Don’t leave your pet alone in the room with lit candles, creating a fire hazard.
  6. If your pet is excitable or scared when you have company, consider putting your pet in another room with toys, a comfortable bed, etc., or providing a safe place for your pet to escape the excitement, such as a kennel, crate, perching place, scratching post shelf or hiding place.
  7. Watch the alcoholic drinks. Unattended drinks may result in a dangerously drunk pet! It doesn’t take much for small animals to get alcohol poisoning.