Have you ever thought about Thanksgiving safety tips for your pet? Thanksgiving is such a great way to bring everyone together.  It’s a time of reflecting on what you have and being thankful for the people and pets in your family.  At IndyVet, we are all about celebrating with your pets.  Although with many gatherings it’s fun to include your pet in the fun, there are some things you should consider in order to keep them safe this holiday season.

Keep Sweets Out of Reach

Chocolate is not a great treat for your pet.  Keep that sugary goodness for yourself.  The chemicals and caffeine in chocolate can cause issues like vomiting and even pancreatitis in pets.  Along with chocolate, artificial sweeteners found in candies and sugar-free desserts can be deadly if your cat or dog decide to eat it.

If you really want to treat your pet this Thankgiving, check out these pet-friendly treats from Modern Dog Magazine.

Turkey Bones Are a No Go

Although you may think that treating your dog to some turkey bones would be a good snack, think again.  Turkey bones can get caught in your pet’s esophagus or trachea and cause them to choke.  Also, turkey bones tend to break into small shards and have the tendency to puncture your pet’s mouth, throat, stomach and/or intestines.

Keep an Eye on the Door

With many social gatherings, having people enter and exit the home frequently is common.  Keep in mind that your pet isn’t used to the amount of guests in your home and may try to run out the door at any given time.  Keep your eye on the door and also ask guests to be wary of your furry family member.  Be sure that your pet has on a collar, contact and ID in case they happen to get lost.

Pretty Plants Can Be Pretty Toxic

When you are decorating for your gathering, please keep in mind that many plants can be toxic to dogs and cats.  Plants such as amaryllis, Baby’s Breath, Sweet William, some ferns and hydrangeas can cause health issues in pets.

We hope that these tips help you and your pet to have a safe and happy Thanksgiving celebration.  If you were in need of emergency services for your pet, don’t hesitate to call us at 317-782-4484.