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Top 5 Thanksgiving Pet Safety Tips: How to Keep Your Furry Friends Safe During the Holidays

Thanksgiving is a time of joy, gratitude, and delicious feasts. It's a day where families come together to celebrate and give thanks. For many of us, this includes our furry family members too. However, amidst the festivities, it's crucial to ensure our pets' safety and well-being. Here are some essential tips to keep your pets safe and happy this Thanksgiving.

1. Beware of Toxic Foods

Thanksgiving is synonymous with a spread of delicious foods. However, many traditional Thanksgiving foods can be harmful to pets.

  • Avoid Toxic Foods: Certain foods like chocolate, onions, grapes, raisins, and foods containing xylitol (a common sweetener in sugar-free products) are toxic to pets.

  • Turkey Precautions: While plain turkey is generally safe for pets, ensure it's free from onions, and excessive spices. Also, avoid giving them cooked turkey bones, as they can splinter and cause internal damage or blockages.

2. Create a Pet-Safe Environment

With the hustle and bustle of guests and cooking, it's easy for pets to become overwhelmed or get into things they shouldn't.

  • Secure Your Pet: Consider keeping your pet in a secure and quiet area during mealtime and when entertaining guests. This can prevent them from getting underfoot or sneaking food.

  • Watch the Door: With guests arriving and leaving, ensure your pet doesn't dart out the door. Microchipping and updated ID tags are advisable in case they do escape.

3. Decorations and Plants

Thanksgiving decorations add to the festive spirit but can pose risks to curious pets.

  • Avoid Harmful Plants: Some common holiday plants like lilies, holly, and mistletoe are toxic to pets. Opt for pet-safe decor.

  • Secure Decorations: Ensure that decorations are out of reach. Things like candles, lights, and small ornaments can be dangerous if chewed on or swallowed.

4. Stress and Anxiety Management

Holidays can be stressful for pets, with changes in routine and unfamiliar people in their space.

  • Provide a Safe Haven: Make sure your pet has a quiet, comfortable place to retreat to. Include their favorite toys and bedding.

  • Stick to Routine: As much as possible, keep your pet's feeding, walking, and playtime schedule consistent.

5. Pet-Friendly Celebrations

Include your pets in the festivities in a safe and enjoyable way.

  • Special Treats: Offer them pet-safe treats like plain, cooked pumpkin or a small serving of plain turkey.

  • Quality Time: Spend some quiet time with your pet, away from the noise and guests, to let them know they're still an important part of the family.


Thanksgiving is a time for family, and that includes our pets. By taking some simple precautions, we can ensure that this holiday is enjoyable and safe for our furry friends. Remember, the best way to show gratitude for our pets is by keeping them safe and healthy. Happy Thanksgiving!

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