Beware of Nibbling—ASPCA Experts Offer Thanksgiving Safety Tips!

Monday, November 22, 2010 - 4:15pm

Friends, family and feasts—the main ingredients for holiday fun can actually result in distress for pets. Not only can too many table scraps set furry tummies a-rumble, but many animals get anxious at the change in household routine.

The following tips will help guarantee a safe and fulfilling Thanksgiving for you and your companions:

Talkin’ Turkey
If you decide to feed your pet a little nibble of turkey, make sure it’s boneless and well-cooked. Don't offer her raw or undercooked turkey, which may contain salmonella bacteria.

Sage Advice: This peppery herb makes stuffing taste delish, but also contains essential oils and resins that can cause pets to suffer stomach upset and possible depression of the central nervous system.

No Bread Dough
Don't spoil your pet’s holiday by giving him raw bread dough. According to ASPCA experts, when raw bread dough is ingested, an animal's body heat causes the dough to rise in his stomach. As it expands, the pet may experience vomiting, severe abdominal pain and bloating, which could become a life-threatening emergency, requiring surgery.

To learn more, read our complete list of Thanksgiving Safety Tips straight from our experts.

If you suspect your pet has ingested a harmful substance, on Thanksgiving or at any time, please call your vet or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.