Thanksgiving Safety Hazards for Pets

The Thanksgiving holiday is only a few days away! You’re probably ready for family, food, and fun, but is your pet prepared for the various hazards of this special day? Learn more below from your veterinarian Cameron Park.

Fatty Table Scraps

Don’t let your pet have a lot of fatty, buttery, or rich bits of food from the table. Too much of any unfamiliar food can cause an upset stomach in pets, and vomiting or diarrhea can also result. If you must give your pet a bit of your Thanksgiving meal, stick to a strip of fully-cooked white meat turkey.


Don’t slip your dog or cat turkey bones, whether they’re cooked or uncooked. Both can splinter into sharp pieces, potentially puncturing a pet’s intestines. Instead, give them a favorite chew toy to munch on while you’re preparing or cleaning up dinner.

Toxic Foods

Remember that various foods on your Thanksgiving table can potentially poison pets. Onions, garlic, chives, grapes, raisins, certain nuts, salt, and more can cause serious toxic reactions in cats and dogs. Take care that none of these foods are accessible to your pets; store them in pet-proof containers and keep them in the refrigerator or closed cabinets.

Garbage Bags

When you’re Thanksgiving meal is over and you’re cleaning up, keep a close eye on the garbage bag. It’s chock full of tempting things for pets to get their paws on, but there’s also a lot of hazardous materials like coffee grounds, bones, toxic foods, and fatty substances. A pet can easily rip open a flimsy garbage bag, so you may need to put it inside another container or in another room where pets don’t have access.

Holiday Treats

Setting up a bowl of chocolates or candies for your holiday guests? Make sure your pet doesn’t take part. Both of these can cause poisonous reactions if a pet has too much. Also beware of alcoholic drinks—alcohol affects pets the same way it affects us, except that it only takes small amounts to do serious damage. Don’t leave any drinks unattended.

Would you like to learn about other potential Thanksgiving hazards for your pets? Keep everyone in your family safe this holiday—call your veterinarian Cameron Park to learn more.

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