It’s hard to believe the holiday season is already upon us this year, but before we know it, we’ll be celebrating with our families over Thanksgiving dinner. Whether your Thanksgiving plans include traveling to visit loved ones or inviting guests over for dinner, it’s important to make sure all of your family members have a great time. That includes making sure pets will be safe and happy during the big celebration!


Like all major holidays, Thanksgiving can pose a number of potential hazards for family pets. In this post from Normandale Veterinary Hospital in Edina, we’ll break down some of the biggest risks for pets during Thanksgiving and offer advice for keeping pets safe. Keep this list and our number handy in case a pet emergency arises in your home.

1.   Don’t let pets overindulge on human food.

It might be tempting to give your pet a little food off the Thanksgiving table, but it’s important to remember that human food isn’t always safe for pets. Poultry bones should never be given to pets as they can splinter and cause harm during digestion. Many holiday foods are also rich in salt, sugar, and seasonings that aren’t healthy for pets. Try investing in a pet-safe treat that’s meant just for your furry pals instead.

2.   Be careful with holiday trash.

Even if you’re careful about sharing holiday meals with pets, be aware that pets may be tempted to dig through the trash after you’ve left the room. Take out trash immediately to prevent mishaps that could endanger pets and leave you with a mess to clean up. Make sure all trash containers are closed and secure.

3.   Keep pets away from floral centerpieces.

If your Thanksgiving dinner includes a floral centerpiece, take extra precautions to keep it away from pets. Many plants and flowers that look interesting to our furry friends are unfortunately toxic to pets.

4.   Keep an eye on your pet throughout the festivities.

Holiday guests and commotion can be extremely stressful for pets, especially if you’re traveling away from home. Be aware of your pet’s location when doors open and close. Keep a careful eye on your pet when others interact with her. Sometimes pets can unexpectedly bite or scratch when placed in a high-stress situation.

Protect Your Pet This Thanksgiving With Edina Pet Care

At Normandale Veterinary Hospital, we want you and your pets to have a beautiful and safe holiday celebration this year. If you suspect your pet is injured or ill, contact our pet emergency services right away. To connect with our Edina veterinarians, call us at 952-831-8272 or stop by our contact page to schedule your pet’s appointment today.