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Keep Your Pets Safe this Thanksgiving

Nov 12, 2019

We are thankful for our pets every day, and Thanksgiving is a special reminder of the love they bring to our lives! Don’t let a pet emergency get in the way of a happy holiday – read our Thanksgiving pet safety tips.

If you suspect your pet has eaten something it shouldn't have, contact your veterinarian of local emergency clinic immediately.

Keep an eye on the turkey!

Turkey bones easily splinter and can cause serious health problems, even death. Don’t give your pet raw or undercooked turkey, which may contain salmonella. Instead, your pet may enjoy a small bite of boneless, fully cooked turkey with their dinner!


Alcoholic drinks poison pets! If your pet accidentally drinks alcohol, they can become dangerously intoxicated, go into a coma, or in severe cases, die from respiratory failure. Even beer is toxic; fermented hops and ethanol are poisonous to dogs and cats.


Sage and other herbs have essential oils that can cause tummy upset and central nervous system depression. Cats are especially sensitive!


Onions are toxic to dogs. They can lead to a dangerous form of anemia that may not be detected for days.

Raw Bread

Raw bread dough is a no-no. When a pet eats it, his or her body heat causes the dough to rise in the stomach. As it expands, your pet may experience vomiting, abdominal pain and bloating, which could become life-threatening.


Chocolate in all forms – especially dark or baking chocolate – can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Be sure pets stay out of any desserts.

A Special Thanksgiving Treat

Treat your pet by offering them a special Thanksgiving dinner. Consider adding a small bite of cooked turkey, plain green beans or pureed pumpkin to your pet’s dinner. To show your pet you’re truly thankful, our friends at Merrick Pet Care offer a special Thanksgiving Day Dinner canned recipe for your dog or cat.