Thanksgiving Pet Safety for St. Paul Pets

Thanksgiving is a time for food, family, and friends, as well as adorable harvest decorations. Food alone is a big enough problem for our pets, who are drawn to all the enticing smells. Yet, the guests in our home and some of the décor we put up can be detrimental to pets, too! At St. Paul Pet Hospital, we want everyone to enjoy a healthy and happy Thanksgiving which is why we’ve put together some Thanksgiving pet safety tips!

Thanksgiving Pet Safety in St. Paul, MN

Food Safety

Pets shouldn’t be allowed to eat any human food, which can contribute to weight gain and even make them sick. Some foods are worse than others. If your pet eats any of these, it’s important to get them to an emergency veterinarian:

  • Chocolate
  • Garlic
  • Grapes/raisins
  • Nuts
  • Onions
  • Xylitol (an artificial sweetener found in sugar-free baked goods and candies)
friends at thanksgiving

Safety Around Guests

Not every pet is comfortable with guests and not every guest is comfortable with pets! Be sure to check with each of your invited guests to check that they will feel comfortable around your cat and/or dog. Additionally, even the friendliest of pets can get exhausted by all the festivities and people around. Make sure they have a quiet place to retreat to when they need to relax. If you know your pet will be uncomfortable around guests consider putting them in a back room where they can avoid all the commotion.

Decoration Safety

Decorations at Thanksgiving often include candles and different plants and flowers. Yet, pets can get themselves in trouble with these! Candles are endlessly interesting to a curious pet, but knocking them over can cause wax burns or even a fire. Keep these well out of reach! Additionally, some plants can be toxic to pets, including lilies, hydrangeas, amaryllis, baby’s breath, and many ferns. Use the fake varieties of these, or place them in areas your pet cannot reach.

Looking for more advice about Thanksgiving pet safety? Contact our animal hospital at (651) 789-0099 or ask at your next appointment!