Thanksgiving Hazards for Dogs

Thanksgiving Hazards for Dogs

As Thanksgiving approaches, many of us are looking forward to the autumn holiday. If you have a dog, Fido will definitely take notice of your preparations, especially once those delicious seasonal meals start coming out of the oven. However, this can be a dangerous time of year for our four-legged friends! In this article, a Flushing, MI vet lists some Thanksgiving hazards for dogs.


Food is one of the biggest concerns for pet owners to be aware of. Many holiday foods are toxic to dogs. Some of the dangerous ones include garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; chocolate; nuts; pitted fruits; grapes, currants, and raisins; products that contain xylitol; meat on the bone; and raw meat, dough, or yeast. If you want to give your furry buddy a special treat, offer him some cooked plain, boneless turkey, meat, fish, or chicken, without the bones, fat, or skin.

Open Doors

Many of our canine pals are rather opportunistic, and won’t hesitate to bolt out an open door. If you have a lot of guests coming over, keep Fido crated or in a quiet back room with food, toys, and bedding, as people are coming and going. (Tip: tire your furry pal out with walks and playtime before your company arrives.)


Candles can definitely give your home a lovely holiday glow, but be sure to place them in high, secure spots Fido can’t reach. If you use a fireplace, use a protective grate to keep your four-legged buddy away.


Trash can always be dangerous, but it’s particular concerning after big feasts. Bones, can lids, toothpicks, plastic wrappers, and tin foil are just a few things that could endanger Fido if he gets into the trash. Use a garbage can with a secure lid, just in case your canine companion gets any bright ideas about scoring leftovers from the trash.


Gourds, trinkets, and other decorations can pose serious choking hazards for dogs. Keep these things well out of paws’ reach!

Other Concerns

Dogs have a tendency to get underfoot, especially when there is food around. It’s very easy for Fido to get stepped on. Reclining chairs are another concern. Keep a close eye on your pup: you don’t want him injuring his paw or tail!

Happy Thanksgiving! Please do not hesitate to contact us, your Flushing, MI pet hospital, for all your dog’s veterinary care needs.

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