Thanksgiving Care for Pets

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Your pet is a part of the family, and will be paying close attention to those delicious seasonal foods. Here, a Michigan City, IN vet discusses Thanksgiving care for pets.


Your furry friend will definitely appreciate a special snack! Just be careful to stick to safe food choices. Plain, cooked meat, fish, or poultry, without the skin, bones, or fat, is a good option. Sodium-free broth, shredded deli meat, and store-bought treats are also fine. Never give your pet anything that contains garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; pitted fruits, especially avocado; chocolate; caffeine; grapes, currants, or raisins; alcohol; chocolate; or xylitol. Other dangerous foods include meat on the bone and raw dough, meat, or yeast.


Are you hosting the holiday meal? Tire your furry buddy out with a fun play session before everyone arrives. Fido and Fluffy are calmer—and better behaved—when they’re tired. If you have a young, energetic dog, a vigorous walk is also a must!


Unfortunately, not everyone is as enamored by our fuzzy companions as we are. People with allergies can be quite uncomfortable around dogs and cats. Vacuum and dust thoroughly, and change your air filters. If you have a cat, change the litterbox. It’s also a good idea to take Fido to the groomer’s.


Thanksgiving does present some specific dangers to pets. For instance, Fido may try to get into the trash in search of leftovers. The garbage can contain some very dangerous items, such as can lids, tin foil, toothpicks, and bones. Use a trashcan with a secure lid. There’s also a chance that your furry pal may dash out the door as people are coming or going, or get accidentally stepped on. Keep a close eye on your animal companion.

Fido And Fluffy

Consider putting your dog or cat in a quiet back room with food, toys, treats, and bedding as you are eating. Fido and Fluffy have both been known to beg, which is bad petiquette. This is also a good option for pets that are uneasy around guests.


Treat your furry bff by giving them a special gift, like a new toy or a soft bed. After all, pets are definitely something to be thankful for!

Happy Thanksgiving! Please contact us, your Michigan City, IN veterinary clinic, anytime. We are always happy to help!

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