Pet Safety Tips For Thanksgiving Day. 9 Things Never To Feed Your Pets.

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Thanksgiving CatThanksgiving Day is just a few days away.  Many of us are pet moms and dads and  since much of Thanksgiving Day is about food, it's important to know what not to feed your pets to keep them safe on Thanksgiving Day.

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As a pet mom, I know first-hand how how easy in the excitement of the holiday it is to want to share with our four-legged family members. But it's not always a good idea to do so. So here's my annual list of tips about what not to feed your pets on Thanksgiving Day and what's safe to feed them.


"I don’t get a seat at the Thanksgiving dinner table? This is a-paw-ling."

... Anonymous


9 Things Not To Feed Your Cats And Dogs On Thanksgiving Day

  1. Bones: turkey bones can lacerate, obstruct and even puncture your pets' internal organs. Save the turkey bones for the broth.

  2. Onions: Onions, scallions and onion powder, found in stuffing and used as a general seasoning, can destroy your dog's or cat's red blood cells, causing anemia. Avoid garlic, and seasonings such as sage, too.

  3. Corn on the cob: which can cause intestinal obstruction, a very serious (and potentially fatal) medical condition.

  4. Avocados:  which produce a fungicidal toxin called “persin,” poisonous to many animals. It causes heart damage, as well. So NO, guacamole dip!

  5. Grapes and Raisins: Grapes and raisins contain a toxin that can cause kidney damage to both dogs and cats.

  6. Chocolate: Chocolate can actually be fatal to your dog or cat; so all those sweets must be kept well out of reach. And while you're at it, keep caffeine-based foods, drinks out of reach, as well.

  7. Ham: is a fatty food that can upset a dog's or cat's stomach, as well as cause pancreatitis, vomiting and diarrhea. 

  8. Sweets: whether it's pecan pie, or pumpkin or apply pie, a tiny bit will probably not do damage, but in general it's best to avoid feeding sugary foods to dogs and cats.

  9. Alcohol: what more needs be said on this subject? And it's a good idea not to leave any alcoholic drinks standing about if your dog or cat is not supervised.

"You can trust your dog to guard your house, but you can’t trust your dog to guard your sandwich."

... Anonymous


If your pets happen to ingest any of these "no-no" foods on Thanksgiving Day, call your veterinarian as quickly as possible. Quick action on your part could well prevent more costly and serious complications from developing.


7 Things You Can Feed Your Cats & Dogs On Thanksgiving Day

  1. Boneless turkey well cooked and in small amounts (but NO skin, gravy or stuffing!)
  2. Sweet potatoes (but plain with no butter, salt, other additives for flavor)
  3. Plain pumpkin
  4. Green beans
  5. Carrots
  6. Peas
  7. Apples


10 Tips For A Safe Thanksgiving From PetFinder

10 Tips For A Safe Thanksgiving For Your Pets



These tips to keep your pets safe on Thanksgiving Day are provided by Nina Hollander and Carolinas Realty Partners with Coldwell Banker Realty,  Greater Charlotte area residential real estate experts and pet parents. We've been opening doors for Charlotte region homes buyers and sellers and their four-legged family members for 22+ years.


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Comments (38)

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

I know that chocolate, grapes and turkey bones were no-no's Nina, We only feed our rescues pet food, but during the years I have seen guests try to drop a few scrapes...that's a big NO-NO! 

Nov 21, 2022 08:20 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 hi Sheila... our family and visitors know that they are not allowed to feed Bingo food from the table. But if I have certain leftovers, I will every so often give him a treat.

Nov 21, 2022 08:51 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I actually did not know about the avocado. And I had not heard the expression 'counter surfing pet' in the 10 safety tips lol. Very cute.. I imagine applies mostly to cats but you never know! 

Nov 21, 2022 09:33 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Lise Howe hi Lise... I think the avocado is not well known as poisonous to many pet owners. As for counter-surfing, my Bingo is a counter-surfer... he stands on his hind legs and puts his paws on the counter and then walks along the counter and around the island to see if anything is close enough to snatch. Interestingly, none of my cats ever jumped on my kitchen counters.

Nov 21, 2022 10:12 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Nina this is good information to share with pet owners.

I guess pets really miss out on all the good stuff, no sweets or alcohol.  ☺️ 

Nov 21, 2022 10:22 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Nina and thank you for the great information to share with us here in the Rain.  Make it a  great week


Nov 21, 2022 11:04 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
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George Souto hi George... especially the sweets! Cats are finicky about what they eat but it seems dogs will eat just about anything.

Nov 21, 2022 12:19 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
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Will Hamm thanks, Will, for stopping by. Trust you are enjoying your Thanksgiving holiday week.

Nov 21, 2022 12:21 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Thank you Nina for the heads up as you know Boomer is still a puppy even though he weighs 70 pounds 🙂

Nov 21, 2022 04:06 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Nina- what a good reminder for pet owners. We were scared to death once when our dog got into my purse and found chocolate. Thank goodness she was ok.  Nina- you can relate to having chocolate in a purse, can't you! LOL

Nov 21, 2022 08:09 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS good morning, Paul... I know you wouldn't want anything to happen to your sweet Boomer! 

Nov 22, 2022 03:43 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
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Kathy Streib ha-ha, Kathy. In reality, I do not carry chocolate in my purse or my pockets! Hardly allow it into my house... otherwise, I'd need to eat it!

Nov 22, 2022 03:44 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Good tips and good reminder.

Nov 22, 2022 05:08 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Leanne Smith thanks, Leanne. I'm all about my four-footed babies and friends. And they shouldn't be forgotten during any holiday.

Nov 22, 2022 05:21 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Nina Hollander, Broker - What can I say, you have a lot of great tips for pet safety at Thanksgiving.  I enjoy knowing what a pet can eat.  It is easier than figuring out what they can't have.

Nov 22, 2022 04:12 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE® hi Sheri... when it comes to feeding pets I always think simpler is better (probably much as it is for us humans!).

Nov 23, 2022 03:48 AM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Nina Hollander, Broker, great post, you would be surprised how many pet owners don't know which food is a no for our fur babies. Very helpful post!

Nov 23, 2022 04:14 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
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Beth Atalay good morning, Beth... I see people giving their pets all sorts of foods from the table which should be avoided. It's really dangerous and over the years I've learned to give mine less and less of what we might eat. Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 24, 2022 04:11 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

The only time my pets ever got people food was when the vet instructed us to give our dog chicken and rice after a GI bleed.

Nov 27, 2022 01:33 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Tammy Lankford, hi Tammy... I do plead guilty to giving my dog some cooked chicken on occasion. But otherwise, I just keep him away from people food.

Nov 28, 2022 04:35 AM