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5 Strategies to Keep Thanksgiving Toxin Free
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5 Strategies to Keep Thanksgiving Toxin-Free

by PetFirst Pet Insurance
1 year ago

Thanksgiving is a fun holiday for humans, but for pets, it can get dangerous.

Between toxic foods and lots of new people to beg from, it’s all too easy for your dog or cat to eat something they shouldn’t and end up in the hospital. Stay safe this year with these five strategies to keep Thanksgiving toxin-free. 

1. Keep food up high 

Several common Thanksgiving foods can be dangerous for dogs and cats to consume: 

  • Turkey skin (this can cause pancreatitis in dogs — small pieces of turkey meat without spices are okay, however)  
  • Bones 
  • Onions 
  • Garlic 
  • Grapes or raisins 
  • Dairy 
  • Apple seeds 
  • Nuts 
  • Yeast dough 
  • Xylitol (an artificial sweetener found in baked goods) 
  • Chocolate
  • Alcohol

To prevent your pet from eating something it shouldn’t, keep all food up high and out of reach — in the center of the dining room table, or shoved to the very back of the counter where even a counter-surfing dog can’t reach. 

2. Keep your pets busy

Entertaining your dog or playing with the cat is probably the last thing on your mind if you’re hosting Thanksgiving.

If you aren’t able to keep an eye on your pets, however, you don’t need to let them roam freely around the house and the kitchen. Consider crating your dog while you cook or sending him outside in the backyard to play with other family members. You could also buy your dog or cat a new toy and save it until you’re ready to start cooking. That way, your pets won’t get bored and decide to swipe something from the kitchen. 

3. Educate your guests 

Don’t be afraid to (politely) ask any guests to not feed the animals. It can be hard to resist a mournful set of puppy-dog eyes, but since so many Thanksgiving foods are toxic to dogs, it’s best not to feed your pet scraps at all. Convey that same message to your visitors so they won’t be tempted to drop some turkey under the table. 

4. Take out the trash 

Don’t leave trash bags where your pets can get to what’s inside. Besides the risk of eating poisonous leftovers, your pet might be in danger of intestinal blockage from plastic wrap or skewers. Dispose of the turkey carcass immediately, tying the trash bag tightly shut and then placing it either behind a closed door or outside. 

5. Act fast 

If you suspect that your pet has eaten something dangerous, don’t wait until the holiday is over to take care of things — call a clinic immediately. You can contact your local vet’s office if they have an emergency clinic, or get in touch with the  Animal Poison Control Center at (855-764-7661) immediately. Let them know what your pet has eaten, how much and when.  


Stay Aware and Keep Your Pet Safe

Here at PetFirst1, we know accidents and illnesses can happen to all pets. PetFirst Pet Insurancecan help cover unexpected vet visits2 and can provide peace of mind. PetFirst Pet Insurance1 has cat and dog insurance policies2 to fit every budget. 

Consider getting pet insurance for your furry friend today.


 1PetFirst Healthcare, LLC (“PetFirst Pet Insurance” or “PetFirst”) is the program administrator authorized to offer and administer pet health insurance policies underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company, a Delaware insurance company, with its main office at 485 Madison Avenue, NY, NY 10022, or New Hampshire Insurance Company or The Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania, each with its main administrative office at 500 West Madison Street, Suite 3000 Chicago, IL 60661. For costs, complete details of coverage, and a listing of approved states, please contact PetFirst Healthcare, LLC.  

2Like most insurance policies, insurance policies offered by PetFirst Healthcare, LLC contain certain exclusions, exceptions, reductions, limitations, and terms for keeping them in force.  

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