Thanksgiving Pet Safety


Hello, my name is Ashley Flores. I’m the Director of Animal Behavior and Training and this is Goldie. I am Dr. Koehler, I’m one of the veterinarians. And I’m Dr. Minter, I’m also one of the veterinarians. We’re here to talk to you about Thanksgiving pet safety.

My first recommendation is, if you have a pet at home and you have a lot of visitors coming over, to make sure that your pet has a space to go to spend time by themselves. They do get very overwhelmed when they have lots of visitors, and remember, that is their home. We want to make sure that they feel comfortable. If you are going to be traveling, make sure that you bring lots of enrichments and things to keep them busy. Give them lots of potty breaks and you can always use some like Adaptil spray or pheromone spray just to calm them down on their ride. Also, always remember to keep that microchip and pet id up to date.

It can be very tempting during the holidays to give your pet human food, especially when they’re giving you their sweet little puppy eyes. It’s important to remember that they don’t need human food. Some foods to avoid on Thanksgiving are turkey fat and any turkey bones, items that contain garlic or onions, baked products, especially if they have chocolate or xylitol in them, and then grapes, raisins, and macadamia nuts.

Other common toxins around the holidays are plants. An example of some plants are poinsettias, holly berries, mistletoe, acorns, lilies, and azaleas. These are common plants that people get in arrangements and it’s important that you know which plants you have in your house. They can be potentially toxic and fatal to your pets. Make sure that if you have the plants in your house, they’re completely out of reach or better yet keep them out of your house entirely.

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