in a holiday family feast can be unhealthy for humans,
but even worse for pets, according to the American
Veterinary Medical Association. Fatty foods are hard for
animals to digest. Poultry bones can damage your pet’s
digestive tract. And holiday sweets can contain
ingredients that are poisonous to pets.
are some things the veterinary group recommends pet
owners keep in mind for the holidays:
Keep the feast on the table — not under it. Eating
turkey or turkey skin — sometimes even a small amount
— can cause a life-threatening condition known as
pancreatitis. Fatty foods are hard for animals to
digest, and many foods that are healthy for people are
poisonous to pets — including onions, raisins and
grapes. If you want to share a Thanksgiving treat with
your pet, make or buy a treat that is made just for
No pie or other desserts for your pooch. Chocolate can
be harmful for pets, even though many dogs find it
tempting and will sniff it out and eat it. The
artificial sweetener called xylitol — commonly used in
gum and sugar-free baked goods — also can be deadly if
consumed by dogs or cats.
Yeast dough can cause problems for pets, including
painful gas and potentially dangerous bloating.
Put the trash away where your pets can’t find it. A
turkey carcass sitting out on the carving table, or left
in a trash container that is open or easily opened,
could be deadly to your family pet. Dispose of turkey
carcasses and bones — and anything used to wrap or tie
the meat, such as strings, bags and packaging—in a
covered, tightly secured trash bag placed in a closed
trash container outdoors (or behind a closed, locked
Be careful with decorative plants. Don’t forget that
some flowers and festive plants can be toxic to pets.
These include amaryllis, Baby’s Breath, Sweet William,
some ferns, hydrangeas and more. The ASPCA offers lists
of plants that are toxic to both dogs and cats, but the
safest route is simply to keep your pets away from all
plants and table decorations.
Quick action can save lives. If you think your pet has
been poisoned or has eaten something it shouldn’t
have, call your veterinarian or local veterinary
emergency clinic immediately. You may also want to call
the ASPCA Poison Control Hotline: 888-426-4435.
of pet distress include: sudden changes in behavior,
depression, pain, vomiting or diarrhea. Contact your