Thanksgiving is a time of year for food, family and celebration. It’s a day to gather together and be thankful for friends, family, pets, good health and more. For most it’s also a time for delicious feasts of seasonal treats.  Unfortunately this day can also upset stomachs, especially if you are a pet owner.

What To Avoid

Turkey on the LambSo while you decorate and cook, enjoying the deliciousness that is a “Turkey Day”, here is a short list of common Thanksgiving Day feast ingredients that you’ll need to avoid giving to your pets!

  • Avocados
  • Onions & Onion Powder
  • Chocolate 
  • Turkey/Ham Bones 
  • Raisins (Grapes as well)
  • Fruit seeds & Pits
  • Walnuts & Macadamia nuts
  • Bread Dough & Yeast
  • Alcohol beverages & Hops
  • Xylitol (Sugar Free Gum)
  • Garlic
  • Sage
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While you can enjoy any version of this, our pets can not.

Follow these suggestions and this year you’ll be thankful not to make a trip to the emergency vet!

This list is just a sampling of the the human foods that can be toxic to our pets.  If you’d like to check on a certain ingredient the Pet Poison Helpline has a great website with an extensive catalogue.

If you truly want to share some of your Thanksgiving day feast with your four legged family member, we recommend keeping an supply of treats handy, such as Nutrisentials Lean Treats, which we carry at our clinic.

If you’re feeling especially thankful for your beloved pet you could also visit local Three Dog Bakery over in Stoney Point Fashion Park and pick up a delicious homemade treat (or even pet cake).

Remember that our clinic has a veterinarian on call when our office in Midlothian, Va is closed, even on Thanksgiving, so we’re there when your pet needs us.  If you have any questions please let us know in the comments below or give us a call us at (804)794-2099!

From all of us here at Midlothian Animal Clinic, we hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving!