Keep your pet safe this Thanksgiving with these helpful tips

Thanksgiving Do's and Don'ts for your pet
Published: Nov. 17, 2022 at 2:42 PM EST
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ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - Thanksgiving is less than a week away! As you gear up to feast with friends and loved ones, it’s important to keep one particular family member in mind this holiday — your pet.

November is one of the busiest months for pet healthcare workers with a large amount of vet visits stemming from food accidents.

Pumpkin Pet Insurance Veterinary Expert Dr. Sarah Wooten joined Atlanta News First to share some tips on creating a Thanksgiving safety plan for your furry friend.


  • Foods high in fat/sugar
  • Turkey skin
  • Gravy
  • Bacon
  • Nutmeg
  • Garlic/Onion
  • Raisins
  • Caffeine
  • Pumpkin pie/Pumpkin spice
  • Anything containing chocolate or xylitol
  • Mashed potatoes/sweet potatoes with butter and salt
  • Stuffing (this often has too many carbs and may contain toxic ingredients like raisins and nuts)


  • Cooked turkey meat (No skin, no bones, no butter, no gravy, minimal salt/spices)
  • Cooked turkey necks, giblets
  • Plain cooked mashed potatoes (no butter, minimal salt)
  • Plain cooked sweet potatoes (no butter, added sugar/marshmallows, minimal salt)
  • Plain cooked green beans or other green vegetables (no butter, no bacon, minimal salt)
  • Plain raw, cooked, or dried cranberries or plain cranberry sauce (no sugar, no raisins, no xylitol)
  • Canned pumpkin (no sugar, no rind and seeds)

It’s also important to remember that moderation is key. Even on Thanksgiving, treats (human food) should constitute no more than 10% of your pet’s daily caloric intake,” says Dr. Wooten.

Another thing to keep in mind is holiday stress. Having unfamiliar people over or traveling can disrupt your pets routine, Dr. Wooten says. Consider having comfort toys, vet-approved supplements, and a safe, familiar space your pet can retreat to if they’re showing signs of stress.

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