7 Ways to Keep Your Pet Safe at Thanksgiving

Our Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Many of us are already looking forward to spending time with our loved ones over delicious meals. However, this can be a dangerous time of year for pets, so you’ll want to take a few precautions to keep your little (or not so little) buddy safe. Read on as a local London, ON vet lists some Thanksgiving safety tips for pets.

No Fatty Foods

It’s not the end of the world if you give your pet a bit of cheese or a cocktail wiener, but don’t go overboard with fatty treats. Dogs and cats really can’t process fat, and can get pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas, from eating too much of it. Pancreatitis can be life-threatening, so this is definitely a tip to take seriously.

No Bones

Fido and Fluffy will put on their most adorable expressions when that turkey comes out of the oven. Offer your pet some plain, cooked meat, but don’t give them any meat on the bone. Bones get quite soft when they are cooked. This makes them major choking hazards. Plus, they can can splinter into sharp fragments that can cause serious internal injuries if swallowed.


Our canine buddies are very opportunistic eaters. Fido may very well go through the trash in hopes of scoring leftovers. Use trashcans with secure lids.

Safe Space

Many pets get quite anxious and uneasy in a full house. If you’re hosting this year’s meal, set up a quiet room for your furry friends. Put bedding, toys, treats, and food in there, and let them nap quietly if they prefer.


Be very careful when people are coming and going. You don’t want Fido knocking your elderly aunt over, or Fluffy slipping out the door!


Candles and fireplaces can definitely make a home look cozy and inviting. However, keep your pets in mind. Use secure grates for fireplaces, and keep candles in high, secure spots, well out of paws’ reach.


If you have a dog, walk Fido before people show up. If you can, tire your canine buddy out with a fun play session. He’ll be calmer—and better behaved—after he’s burned off his excess energy.

Please reach out to us, your local London, ON vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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