Thanksgiving Hazards for Pets

Thanksgiving is coming up fast! It’s always great to slow down and enjoy some quality time—and some delicious food—with friends and family. Just be sure to keep your pet’s health and well-being in mind as you prepare for the seasonal holiday. This can be a dangerous day for our furry pals! Read on as a local Westlake Hills, TX vet lists some holiday hazards for pets.


Never give your four-legged friend anything that contains garlic, onions, scallions, or chives. These things are often used as toppings or seasonings, so be extra vigilant! Some other dangerous foods include chocolate; nuts; pitted fruits, especially avocados; caffeine; alcohol; grapes, currants, and raisins; products that contain xylitol; meat on the bone; and raw meat, dough, or yeast. If you want to give your pet a special treat, offer them some cooked plain, boneless turkey, meat, fish, or chicken, without the bones, fat, or skin.


Some pets—especially dogs—may try to go through the garbage in search of leftovers. The trash may contain hazardous items, such as bones, can lids, toothpicks, fat trimmings, plastic wrappers, and tin foil. Use a garbage can with a secure lid.


Wreaths, garlands, gourds, small pumpkins, trinkets, and other decorative items can pose serious hazards for playful pets. Place anything your pet may try to eat or play with out of paws’ reach.


Candles can definitely make your home feel warm and cozy. However, they aren’t safe to burn around pets. Keep candles and potpourri burners in high, secure spots Fido and Fluffy can’t get to. Wall sconces are a good option. If you use a fireplace, use a protective grate to keep your four-legged friend away from it.

Other Dangers

Dogs and cats often like to stick close to their human buddies, especially when there is food around. Pets can easily get stepped on, or get their tails caught in doors or under chairs. Dogs and cats also sometimes inadvertently trip people. You definitely don’t want Fido accidentally bumping Grandma and knocking that bean casserole out of her hands! Consider putting your furry friend in a crate or a quiet back room with food, bedding, toys, and treats as you are serving and eating dinner.

Happy Thanksgiving! Please contact us, your Westlake Hills, TX vet clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re always happy to help!

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