Thanksgiving and Pet Safety

Thanksgiving is coming! The whole month of November is all about being thankful. You can look all around you and be thankful for the beautiful sky and trees and the people in your life. And of course you are thankful for your pets, right? They are part of your family and they love to be included in the holiday festivities just as much as you!

Pet safety Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving a time to be thankful

What is the other fun thing about Thanksgiving? The FOOD! Your parents work hard to shop for the huge feast that is shared on Thanksgiving Day. You can already imagine the tasty delights, can’t you? A turkey with yummy dressing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes with rich brown gravy, cranberry sauce, perfectly cooked vegetables, an over-flowing salad and sweet delicious pies to finish it all off!

Thanksgiving dinner table

Remember to give thanks

Oops, did we forget about your pet? It will be super tempting to share these tasty treats with your dog or cat, but many are not good for your pet and can even make them very sick. The house will be full of so many delicious aromas and your pet will want to nibble on all the goodies just as much as you do. But you must be strong and protect your cat or dog from munching on the holiday plates that may be just out of their reach.

Here is a list of the most dangerous holiday foods to keep away from your pets.

  • Onion
  • Fresh Garlic
  • Corn
  • Avocado/Guacamole
  • Grapes/Raisins
  • Salt
  • Nutmeg
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • If your pet does OVER eat one of these foods, have your parents call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center to find out what to do next. (888-426-4435)
Pure pumpkin is great for dogs

Pure (100%) pumpkin is great for your dog

The good news is that there is a Thanksgiving treat that dogs love and it is very good for them! Pumpkin is good for a dog’s digestive system and their coat. But it must be the unsweetened pure, pureed canned pumpkin; not the canned pumpkin pie mix, which contains sugar and spices, that are not good for your dog. So if your pooch is trying to talk you into giving her a pumpkin pie, grab the plain canned stuff and add a bit to her dish instead. She will be so thankful and that’s what November is all about! Happy November!

Contributing Authors

Susie Klein

Susie is a freelance writer who has always had a dog as part of her family since childhood. Her current writing partner is Layla, a mixed breed Labrador and Cocker Spaniel.

Susie Klein




Kelly Preston

Based in Phoenix AZ., animal lover Kelly Preston is an award winning author of Real Dogs Don’t Whisper, a book in which she talks about her experiences and adventures with her special needs dogs and the life lessons they have taught – how she has learned and grown from them and they have learned and grown from her. Preston also produces Mr.MaGoo’s Corner, a free monthly dog-focused newsletter that features a reader of the month, birthday announcements, green pet tips, organic dog recipes and more.

Kelly Preston and Mr MaGoo authors of Real Dogs Don't Whisper

Kelly Preston and Mr MaGoo


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