Thanksgiving Day Tips for Your Pets

Thanksgiving Day Tips for Your Pets
Thanksgiving Day Tips for Your Pets

Thanksgiving Day Tips for Your Pets

Thanksgiving is a time spent not only among family and friends, but also with our pets! Unfortunately, the days following Thanksgiving are often very busy in veterinary offices. Keep the following tips provided by our Veterinary Technician program faculty in mind to keep your pet safe during the holiday.

DO: Allow small amounts of turkey, sweet potato, or vegetables like green beans, carrots or broccoli not seasoned and/or covered in butter.

DO: Give treats in a puzzle toy. There are many commercial choices or DIY ideas for dogs or cats.

DO: Try hiding tiny pieces of turkey for cats so they use their nose and natural instincts to find them.

DO: Let your pet have their own space and time. Gatherings with lots of people can be very stressful for them. Secluding them in a room, crate, or restricting guests' access to them may be helpful in keeping everyone safe during the party or mealtime.


DON'T: Everyone likes to share, especially guests, but don't over-indulge your pet.

DON'T: Feed your pet fatty foods (ham, gravy, etc.) that are harder to digest and can lead to pancreatitis.

DON'T: Feed your pet anything containing raw eggs (raw cakes, pies, etc.) which could lead to salmonella.

DON'T: Yeast from raw/uncooked bread can lead to an emergency visit and hospitalization due to sugar breakdown and alcohol release.

DON'T: Sugar free desserts contain Xylitol, which is toxic to pets and can cause low blood sugar, liver failure, and seizures.

DON'T: Chocolate is toxic to pets and can lead to vomiting/diarrhea, heart problems and possibly tremors or seizures.

DON'T: When cooking with onions, be careful and don't share these foods with pets. They are toxic and can lead to blood issues, specifically anemia due to destruction/damage of red blood cells.


Additional Resource:

Your love of animals can become your career! The Veterinary Technician program at YTI Career Institute prepares graduates for employment as a veterinary technician in veterinary practices, universities, research facilities, pharmaceutical companies, zoos, or other areas where the skills of a vet technician are needed. Check out our program fast facts and career profile infographic!